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Category: Male clothing > medieval headwear

Oval Cap

Oval Cap

Century: X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV
Oval Cap. Medieval Market, oval cap

Oval Cap - Medieval Market, Oval Cap
Oval Cap - Medieval Market, Oval Cap
Oval Cap - Medieval Market, Oval Cap
Oval Cap - Medieval Market, Oval Cap
Oval Cap - Medieval Market, Oval Cap
Oval Cap - Medieval Market, Oval Cap
Oval Cap - Medieval Market, made of patterned wool

CODE Material Standard Price
GMWR1563WoolHand-made 40.00 EUR
GMWS1347WoolMixed 17.00 EUR

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A medieval cap made of wool. It has a shape of an oval and covers the top of a head, above ears. The cap has a linen lining. Simple construction of the oval cap reminds of female woolen coifs or toques. This medieval cap gained its greatest popularity in Scandinavian countries. It was worn mainly by men.

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Oval cap as medieval headwear

Our replica of this medieval cap is based on the founding from Leens, from around year 600-900. Till this day it is kept in National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden (Netherlands).

However, the style of an oval cap can be derived from former times, even reaching the Romans. This thesis can be proved by a sculpture from Asia Minor, probably reaching the 4th century. It was brought by crusaders around year 1204 from the palace in Constantinopole and walled up in the corner of St. Mark's basil in Venice. The sculpture presents so called tetrarchs, together ruling the Roman empire.

Similar type of medieval oval cap, but much more encrusted, can be found in Ashmolean Museum. It comes from around 1450-1500. This silk medieval headwear enraptures with its rigorous decoration.

What are the types of medieval headwear?

Similarly to the outer garment, headwears speaks of the social status and in case of women of their marital status. In medieval iconography hardly ever can we find figures without any head wear. During all the period of the Middle Ages a hood was the most widespread head wear. Its functions were protective and sometimes symbolic, ritual or representative. Medieval headwear includes: caps, hats, coifs, hoods, kerchiefs and others. Hoods were often made of cloth, however caps and hats were made of felt.

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