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A Persian Lady Veiled to Walk Abroad
A Lady, Veiled to go Abroad
23.2 cm x 14.4 cm
Andover, Massachusetts, USA
Western Michigan University, Libraries, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
DS 258 .P4 1843
Perkins, Justin 1805-1869
Clothing and dress--Iran
P. 288 "Like all Persian females, when they walk abroad, their faces were closely veiled. Muhammedan law denounces death on any female who exposes her face to a male beyond the limits of her own household. A large covering is thrown over the person, when they go out, to which is commonly attached a small veil before the face with a patch of network half the size of a hand, before the eyes, to enable them to see to walk. This rigorous seclusion is, doubtless, as fruitful a source, as it is striking an index, of the unfaithful character of Muhammedan females. The practice of veiling in itself is said extensively to facilitate and screen illicit connexions." This image of a Persian woman away from her home shows her wearing a large outer garment called the chador (Vogelsang-Eastwood, p. 17) and a white veil.
Perkins, Justin. A Residence of Eight Years in Persia, Among the Nestorian Christians: with Notices of the Muhammedans. Andover, MA: Allen, Morrill & Wardwell, 1843.
Vogelsang-Eastwood, Gillian. "Qajar Dress from Iran: In the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden." A digital publication http://www.rmv.nl/p 2001, p. 8-13. Accessed on August 5, 2011.
Western Michigan University Libraries, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Western Michigan University
Costume History Collection
Western Michigan University Libraries
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