Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Phrygian Cap

Today I went to see the exhibition "Nelson and Napoleon" at the National Maritime Museum on Greenwich. There were several amazing things in the show, including N & N's bi-corn hats and the bloody uniform Nelson was killed in.

To see the most beautiful image of a real live Phrygian cap, copy and paste this link into your web browser. It really blew me away.

This wool, linen, and leather cap, whose maker is unknown, was made in the late eighteenth century and was either worn by an active supporter of the French Revolution, ceremonially used to parade on a pike, or as part of the costume of a statue representing "Liberty." Accordingly to a wall text, the rioters and demonstrators of the Revolution, the "sans culottes," so-called for wearing trousers rather than breeches, were from the "lower orders" of society but included shopkeepers, skilled workers, and craftsmen.


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