French Hood Images

Full View of Unknown Girl

Unknown Girl Aged 20, by John Bettes II, 1587.

The book I scanned this from states that "(u)pper and nether billiments of pearls decorate the back of the head." I can also see two strips of black material, and a strip of white, that suggests more than simple billiments. This might be a French hood with the hood that is hidden by the very large ruff.

Image from: Ribeiro, Aileen & Valerie Cumming, The Visual History of Costume, B.T. Batsford Ltd., London, 1989, ISBN 0-7134-5624-8, pg 95.

A much larger version of this image is available at Wikimedia Commons, so you can see greater detail on the outfit, such as the ruff and the embroidery on the sleeves.

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