Overview

Starched frills worn around the neck, “ruffs,” were characteristic of 16th–17th century Elizabethan and Jacobean costume. Playhouses of this era served dually as performance spaces as well as gathering places where current social and political issues were sifted and connections formed among individuals in various communities.

Artist: 
Thomas Barnes
Date: 
1996
Inscriptions: 
Alexandria Museum of Art Collections Endowment 1996.05
Medium: 
plaster, paint, and paper
Dimensions: 
25 x 23 x 13 inches

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