Saturday, September 22, 2012

Give Me Liberty!


Hats off to the Persians for adopting the soft cap of the Phrygians in the sixth century B. C.  

Not only did it strike an impressive chord in the hearts of the tribes they conquered, it inspired the headdress of the doges of Venice.

And, two thousand years later, the French revolutionaries' red cap of liberty

The Phrygian hat (felt)

Le Bonnet Rouge, 1792

The red cap was worn by representations of the Goddess Liberty in the fledgling United States, as well as by prototypes of the famous statue now standing in New York Harbor - though in the final version, it was replaced by a crown.

Throughout the early twentieth century, it appeared on the head of the goddess pictured on the American Liberty dime.  


Ironically, though the word Phrygian means "free" in Greece, the first Phrygians came to Greece as slaves.  The most famous Phrygian is the legendary King Midas, who ruled about 700 B.C. and turned all he touched into gold.

~ Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger