Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Poke bonnet

Date:
ca. 1865
Culture:
American
Medium:
straw, silk, cotton
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Sarah F. Milligan and Kate Milligan Brill, 1940
Accession Number:
2009.300.1427
Not on view
Poke bonnets, named for their small crown and large brim that extends past the face, shielded the profile of the wearer and provided for ample surface area for decoration. With its exuberant ribbon detail, this cheerful bonnet exudes youthfulness and the enchantment of spring. The feminine flourish of the decoration invites the passerby to see who is hiding beneath the brim of the bonnet.
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