Man's Embroidered Cap
Artist/maker unknown, French or Italian
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Men's practice of covering their heads indoors became even more common during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when fashionable men shaved their hair and wore wigs. Relaxing at home, a man might replace his coat with a loose gown and wear a cap like this gold embroidered one. It is constructed in a typical manner with four sections and a turned-up brim and the embroidery includes charming flowers, meandering arabesques, and flaming hearts.