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prints (visual works)
A Persian Dervish
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. 375 "Several new orders have just reached our governor, from the king. Some of them are the following; viz, Every landholders must set out a thousand young trees; no beggars may be tolerated, except the lame, the sick and the blind; every man who shall appear in the garb of a Dervish must be compelled to become a soldier; no person may talk about being king-of his doing this or that-but each must occupy himself with his own business...The propriety of the other orders is readily obvious to one who witnesses the hosts of beggars that swarm in the streets of these Eastern countries, and especially the dervishes, who are as numerous and profligate in Persia as the Friars and Capuchins and other vagrant monks in Spain and Italy. These disgusting vagabonds wear long, bushy hair, dangling down upon their shoulders,-carry a fantastic knotty club in the hand-sometimes a hatchet in the girdle-and half of a huge cocoa-nut shell, furnished with a cord as a handle, upon the arm in which to receive charity." This image of a dervish shows him wearing a long, belted tunic; cloak over one shoulder; a conical hat with an ornament dangling off the tip; an alms dish; and a walking stick.
Perkins, Justin. A Residence of Eight Years in Persia, Among the Nestorian Christians: with Notices of the Muhammedans. Andover, MA: Allen, Morrill & Wardwell, 1843.
Western Michigan University Libraries, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Western Michigan University
Costume History Collection
Western Michigan University Libraries
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