England, Elizabethan Period, late 16th century
Silk, silver thread, plaited braiding, linen; embroidery: chain and buttonhole stitches, Overall: 16.9 x 18 x 18 cm (6 5/8 x 7 1/16 x 7 1/16 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1950.352
Densely embroidered with silver thread, this luxurious manâ€™s nightcap is decorated with rich scrolling vines bearing stylized flowers and leaves. The crown is cut in quarters but is still in one piece; the seams are concealed with plaited braid work. The turned-up brim is decorated with silver bobbin lace edging and spangles.
Main Gallery Rotation (gallery 115): December 10, 2014 - December 7, 2015.
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