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Hat - Corono Ducal

Corono Ducal

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    1675-1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Learden McCormick-Goodhart

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

From 700AD until 1797 the Italian city-state of Venice was ruled over by the chief magistrate known as the Doge. The Doge was chosen by a committee formed of members of the leading aristocratic families of Venice and held the office for life.

This hat is an example of the 'corno ducale', a ceremonial crown which was worn by the Doge over a cap of fine linen known as a camauro. These caps were hand-made by the nuns of the Convent of San Zaccaria and a new cap was presented to the Doge every Easter Monday, following a procession from San Marco to the convent.

Physical description

Gold coloured silk and metal thread brocade, crown of hat curves up into a smooth vertical protrusion at the back. The hat is trimmed with metal braiding, applied flat around the edges and is curled to form a roll of braid which snakes over the centre of the hat from the centre front to the centre back.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)


1675-1699 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk and metal


Height: 7.25 in greatest height, Width: 6.5 in, Length: 8.12 in back to front, Weight: 0.140 kg, :


Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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