22 March 2008

Making an Ass of Myself

Just for the heck of it...

In period, fools usually wore hoods adorned with asses ears and/or coxcombs as well as the more usual bells and the like. Based partially on the painting "The Bean King" (Background, viewer's left).

(Yes, I know it's 17th century, mostly I chose the colours from the fool's hood in this painting and ignored the rest) and partly from the engravings of the book Ship of Fools (Stultifera Navis by Sebastian Brant) I concocted a hood for myself...

It's made from plum and camel coloured wool with a coarse woven raw silk lining. The buttons are actually bells. I wanted to be able to take it off without removing my mask, hence the choice to include buttons.

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