Philippi Collection

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Dieter Philippi with the first piece of his collection: a cardinal's biretta made from red watered silk

The Philippi Collection is a collection of clerical, religious and spiritual headdresses. The Collection demonstrates the history, shared roots and diversity of religious-clerical head coverings.

The Collection[edit]

Selected items from the Philippi Collection

The Philippi Collection is a private collection assembled by the entrepreneur Dieter Philippi, CEO of a German telecommunication distributor, located in Kirkel.[1][2]

The main focus of the collection is 500-plus examples of headgear, gathered from Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Caodaism, Shinto, Buddhism, Sikhism, Free Churches, Sufism, Anabaptism and further communities of faith.[3]

The collection also contains more than 100 accessories used for clerical and ecclesiastic purposes. Among these are pontifical shoes, gloves, pallia, pectoral crosses, bishops and Ecclesiastical rings, pieces of the papal china, and sashes.[4] The collection contains 52 pectoral cross-cords.


The collection is currently not on public display. It is located at Kirkel in Saarland, Germany. Requests to view the collection may be made by telephone.


  • October 2010 - July 2011: The Deutsches Hygiene-Museum had a small part of the collection on display as part of its exhibition Religious Energy (Kraftwerk Religion).
  • March - April 2011: Headquarters of the Savings Bank in Saarbrücken
  • July 3 - October 30, 2011: Alles Kopfsache - Hut, Helm, Tuch & Co., LWL- Industriemuseum Henrichtsütte, Hattingen

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Neue Zürcher Zeitung FOLIO". 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  2. ^ "Inside the Vatican" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  3. ^ "Der Spiegel". Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  4. ^ taz, die tageszeitung (2011-04-08). "Die Tageszeitung". Retrieved 2012-06-21.

Further reading[edit]

  • Philippi, Dieter (2009). Sammlung Philippi – Kopfbedeckungen in Glaube, Religion und Spiritualität. St. Benno Verlag, Leipzig. ISBN 978-3-7462-2800-6.
  • Smoltczyk, Alexander (2008). Vatikanistan - Eine Entdeckungsreise durch den kleinsten Staat der Welt. Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, München. ISBN 978-3-453-15434-6. p. 92

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