Indica Femina Africana, Indus Africanus, Indus Orientalis

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 an African Indian woman, an African Indian man, and an East Indian man. On the left, the African Indian woman wears high-waisted shorts trimmed with strips of ovals and small bows, a cape tied with a strip of squared motifs, and stockings trimmed with oval motifs. She wears a double-stranded pearl necklace and an armband of oval motifs on her right arm. Her hair is long and wavy, crowned by a headdress of square motifs and layered feathers or scales.

On the center, the African Indian man wears shorts with a wide waistband made up of overlapping scales, with a fabric belt tied around the waist. Her calves are covered with layers of scales, held with a strip of ovals tied around the knee. A belt of squared motifs is placed diagonally across the chest, holding a bow and quiver of arrows. A cape partially covers her right arm. His hair is long and curled, his face bearded, and he wears a hat with a chevron pattern, flanked at the front with a bundle of feathers. His shoes are flat and with pointed toes. He holds a spear on his right hand.

On the right, the East Indian man wears a short robe with one shoulder and paneled skirt with horizontal stripes with undulating stripes and dots. He wears a tall hat made up of three laters of small panels, tied with a scarf around the head, and flanked above with geometric motifs, from which hang strips of overlapping coins. He carries a bow behind his back and a sort of cane on his left hand.

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