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A Persian Meerza or Scribe
A Persian Meerza
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
writers, coats, headgear
This image of a Persian scribe shows him dressed very well in a yellow tunic covered by the caba (Shorberl 1845, p. 34) or qaba (Vogalsang-Eastwood, p. 10). Under the tunic he wears long shalwar. On his feet he wears socks and slippers with heels. His hat is the kolah namadi (Vogelsang-Eastwood, p. 12) seen in many of this book's illustrations. This scribe also wears the beard and mustache of this region.
Perkins, Justin. A Residence of Eight Years in Persia, Among the Nestorian Christians: with Notices of the Muhammedans. Andover, MA: Allen, Morrill & Wardwell, 1843.
Shoberl, Frederic. Persia: Containing a Description of the Country with an Account of Its Government, Laws, and Religion, and of the Character, Manners and Customs, Art, Amusements, Etc. of Its Inhabitants. Philadelphia: Grigg & Elliot, 1845.
Western Michigan University Libraries, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Western Michigan University
Costume History Collection
Western Michigan University Libraries
For use of digital image, contact Special Collections, Waldo Library, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA 49008-5353