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Corono Ducal

Hat
1675-1699 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk and metal
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 7.25in (greatest height)
  • Width: 6.5in
  • Length: 8.12in (back to front)
  • Weight: 0.140kg
Taken from acquisition record.
Marks and Inscriptions
Credit line
Given by Learden McCormick-Goodhart
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
T.212-1920

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record createdMay 21, 2009
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