4-peaked Biretta with tuft.17 x 17 x 13.5 cm. The biretta is the headgear of a priest, pre-Vatican II, when walking to the altar from the sacristy and when sitting. It comes in two styles – 3-peaked or 4-peaked. Traditionally, the 4-peaked biretta would be worn as academic regalia by clergy with a doctoral degree from a pontifical university and was not permitted for wear in liturgical functions, unlike the liturgical 3-peaked biretta. Its use is prevalent among bishops and cardinals, but less so among other clergy.
Donated by Church of St Teresa.