Hood, early Medieval, circa 1250-1325

Hoods have been basic headwear throughout the history of clothing, with each period exhibiting its own distinctive style. This hood has the close fit, short cape and tail seen in early works such as the Maciejowski bible (f.17 recto, f.27 verso), Manessa Codex (228r,v.Weißensee, 396r, von Nüssen) and I.33 fechtbook. This hood’s cut is derived from archeological remains of the London Hood.

Several images in the Manessa Codex depict the hood being worn with the point pulled across the top of the head to the front , so that it hangs on the forehead. (von Nüssen) This manuscript also depicts the hood being worn as a hat (199v, von-Ringgenberg) by both men and women; the face edge is rolled into wreath shape and worn on the head with the cape hanging down the back or to the side, with the point pulled over the opposing side to hang in the front or over the ear. This use presages a similar fashion seen in later centuries.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 19 January, 2009.