Nobilis faemina Caramana, Callinoa Rhodia Concubina Sarracossce, Foemina ex inferior Armenia

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 noblewoman from Caramania, a concubine, and a woman from Armenia. On the left, the noblewoman wears a loose, sleeveless robe with small ruffles on the collar over a long dress with a brocaded pattern of scrolling leaves and short cap sleeves with stylized leaves over long puff sleeves. Her hair is held back by a long, pointed hat decorated with an embellished ribbon framed by two strips of pearls and a jeweled brooch on the front. From her ears hang long pendant earrings. Pointed-toe shoes peek from the bottom of her skirt.

On the center, the concubine wears a dress with a wide collar with scrolling leaves and a jeweled brooch on the center and a layered skirt: the overskirt open on the sides and tied with small ribbon bows and the under skirt with a train. A long, pointed hat holds her hair up, with a long veil hanging from it. Large pendant earrings fall from her ears, and a long pearl necklace hangs from her neck. A long, jeweled belt hangs from her waist. She holds a handkerchief with a floral pattern and fringed edges on her right hand; her left hand is on her hip.

On the right, the woman from Armenia wears a layered dress with a short, plain skirt over a longer skirt with a floral pattern and train. Her hair is covered by a long hat with a pattern of lozenges, from which hangs a shawl that covers her upper body. The shawl has a matching pattern of lozenges on the border and fringed edges.

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