phrygian cap

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phryg·i·an cap

in cholecystography, an incomplete septum or a fold in the gallbladder, the shape of which suggests the liberty cap of the French Revolution.
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His De l'origine et de la forme du bonnet de la liberte provides a rather comprehensive survey of the antique and historical influences for the cap of liberty.(64) Gibelin points out the ennobling effects of the short, egg-shaped bonnet, recalling its association with Homer's Ulysses and the mythical twins, Castor and Pollux.(65) He also points to the rituals of manumission conducted at the temple of Feronia in which a slave was given an elongated version of the bonnet as a symbol of his new liberty.(66) It seems that a symbol had not been properly consecrated until it had been provided with an adequate historical dossier.
During the spring of 1792, the cap of liberty - an image with ancient antecedents, a broad, general meaning, and resonating with notions of Dutch liberty and the American revolutionary experience - became the bonnet rouge, a drooping symbol distinctly French.
David's active participation in the choreography and design of the Revolutionary festivals which made great use of the red cap of liberty, his association with the national theatre, and even his relationship with Augustin Dupre point to a crucial contribution to the ultimate form of the bonnet de la liberte and a keen awareness of the symbol's revolutionary meanings.
75 Jennifer Harris, "The Red Cap of Liberty: A Study of Dress Worn by French Revolutionary Partisans, 1789-94", Eighteenth-Century Studies, xiv (1981), pp.
76 It was not after a performance of Voltaire's Brutus, as Harris, "Red Cap of Liberty", p.
The figure of Liberty as a young woman holds a Staff of Maintenance in her right hand, symbolising the benevolent authority of the state, and a Cap of Liberty in her left, representing freedom from slavery.
To be fair to the Council leader, Stan Yapp, he did stop short of reaching for his cap of liberty and declaring a republic there and then.