Corono Ducal hat

Corono Ducal hat

Silk and metal brocade, metal braiding
Venice, Italy
1675-1699
Given by Learden McCormick-Goodhart
Museum no. T.212-1920

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 'corono 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.