I wanted to continue the conversation about hats and headgear by focusing on something particular. Without question, the single most iconic piece of headgear, the one that creates the strongest emotional and psychological response, is the crown.
Whether our reaction is one of delight, revulsion, anger or covetousness, we respond them instantly in a way we do not for any other type of thing we put on our heads. Our feelings of instant consonance, allegiance, or resistance are so long held, so deeply inborn, that we don't even acknowledge them on a conscious level. Now why is that?
My own thought on this connects to what I said in a prior post. The very first thing we did in our dim undocumented past, is put things we found beautiful or important on our heads. We did so to show we had conquered them if they were prey, and in some other way, some deeper, less obvious way, we put them on our heads to say that we understood them, and controlled them.
Part of what I find interesting is that it matters not one bit what a crown is made of. It can be wood, bone, feathers, stiffened hide or metal. In its manner of decoration it can be pure and simple, or insanely complex. None of this diminishes the impact, only the message changes a bit. A crown of feathers and hide evokes a different, but no less deep seated response in us, than a crown of beaten gold set with gemstones.