Nobilis Faemina Syriaca, Faemina Turcica, Nobilis Faemina Syriaca

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 two Syrian noblewoman and a Turkish woman. The first Syrian noblewoman, on the left, wears a long gown with train under a long-sleeved doublet with a pattern of scrolling leaves, trimmed with pearls and with an embellished border, and a matching belt marking a high waist. A cape, also with a pattern of scrolling leaves, hangs behind her back. Her hair is pulled up on a conical headdress with a pattern of lozenges, and from it hangs a long, scallop-edged veil. She wears pendant pearl earrings.

On the center, the Turkish woman wears a mantle with three-quarter sleeves and fastened with round buttons over a long dress with a pattern of scrolling leaves and long puff sleeves. Her hair is held up and covered with a headscarf with scrolling motifs on the border and fringed edges. From the front of the headscarf hangs a net that covers her face.

On the right, the second Syrian noblewoman wears a dress with a long skirt with train, which she pulls up to reveal an underskirt with a pattern of scrolling leaves, which matches the pattern of the long, tight-fitting sleeves that cover her arms and hands. Over it is a short-sleeved doublet with embellished trimmings bordered with pearls, and the waist is marked by thin belt. A kind of cape is draped at her back and the sides of her dress, bordered with rosettes. Her hair is covered by a tall hat, which is in turn covered by a scallop-edged veil, which hangs on her shoulders and back.

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