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Mata­dors wear a dis­tinc­tive black hat called a mon­tera which was in­tro­duced in 1835 by bull­fight­ing great Fran­cisco Montes Reina. Cov­ered in as­trakhan fur, lined with vel­vet and kept on the head via an ar­ti­fi­cial pony­tail, it had been widely worn by men and women liv­ing on the Ibe­rian Penin­sula. Mata­dors toss the hat to ded­i­cate a kill to a par­tic­u­lar per­son or the gen­eral pub­lic.

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