tiara, or triregnum.
Gold-plated metal, silver, gems and imitation pearls. Roman work.
Probably eighteenth century.
is of an unusual size because on June 29th, St Peter's feast day,
it is placed on the head of Arnolfo di Cambio's statue of the
Saint which is located in the Vatican Basilica near the Confessio.
According to the sources, the custom of solemnly dressing St Peter's
statue with papal clothes and a tiara supposedly goes back to
the year 1736. The tiara was the head covering once used by the
Popes starting from the ninth century, in solemn ceremonies.
few of the many items on display in the Treasury Museum