View Single Post
Rose  Rose is offline
Join Date: 01 Feb 2002
Posts: 150


One more tidbit of info.

I did a search on Liripipe-until Aiofe posted this I didn't know what the hood was called.

The following website had this listing:


The long tail of a hood in medieval or academic costume….Hoods like these were at first worn by academics as part of their formal dress; indeed a few universities still use the word liripipe for their graduates' ceremonial sashes. Later on, liripipes became part of everyday wear on a hood called a chaperon. Over time, liripipes became steadily longer, sometimes down to the ankles; this was hardly practical, so the liripipe was often wound around the head to keep it out of the way. As well as longer, it also grew more ornamental as time passed. The hoods went out of fashion in the fifteenth century and liripipe became a semi-fossil word…..

By the seventeenth century, the chaperon had become an item of female costume exclusively. About a century later the word began to be used figuratively for a married or elderly woman protecting a young woman-a chaperone, as we now spell it. One author explained that "Chaperon ...when used metaphorically means that the experienced married woman shelters the youthful débutante as a hood shelters the face".

Viewed in this way the hood in the 6 of cups is another symbol of protection, shelter, and safety.

Top   #7