Sponsa Tbessalonicensis, Faemina Tbessalonicensis, Virgo Tbessalonicensis

Designer Jean Jacques Boissard French
Engraver Julius Goltzius Netherlandish
Publisher Caspar Rutz Netherlandish

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Engraving, part of 'Habitus variarum orbis gentium' (Costumes of the various peoples of the world), representing the costumes of men and women from various parts of the world, engraved after designs by Boissard and published by Rutz in 1581.

This engraving represents a Thessalonian bride, a Thessalonian woman, and a Thessalonian girl. The bride, on the left, wears a robe with cinched waist, with a fringed scarf tied around it, under a long cape, trimmed with a pattern of lozenges, and fastened with a jeweled brooch on the front. She wears a large headdress with a pattern of stylized leaves, flanked on the front by a bundle of thin, long feathers, and long, beaded pendant earrings.

On the center, the woman wears a long-sleeved, high-waisted robe with layered skirt. Her hair is wrapped in a scallop-edged scart, over which is the hood of a cape that hangs behind her back. Her shoes have pointed toes.

On the right, the young woman wears a long dress with long puff sleeves and train, and over it a sort of sleeveless mantle with elongated openings for her arms to go through. Above it, she wears a striped scarf with fringed edges. Her hair is tied up and held by a striped hat. She wears long, beaded pendant earrings.

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