12 - 13 October 2009
Central provinces, Russia, late 18th century
Of vertical crescent shape, the 'wings' of the hat extending out to the sides beyond the support structure of the cap in a half-moon shape, the red velvet ground embroidered with gilt thread, gilt metallic braid, and gold foil and green and red metal thread embellishments, forming a lotus and vine motif, lined with red, white and printed cotton
6½ in. (16 cm.) high
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Similar kokoshniks, with their highly distinctive form, can be seen in the work of the 18th century artist M. Shebanov. For further information see L. V. Efimova et al., Kostium v Rossii
iz sobraniia GIM, Moscow, 2000, p. 61, nos. 68-69.
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