Oct 23, 2013

The Hammer Wig

This is an eighteenth-century metal, painted sign for a Parisian hairdresser. The wig represented is called a "perruque à marteaux" - a hammer wig. The hammers are the curled loops of hair rolled over a tube. The guild of wigmakers date from the reign of Louis XIV and number of variations existed.
This work is from the
Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris and was accessioned as early as 1884.


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