Aethiops, Virgo Aethiopissa, Aethiops

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 Ethiopian men and an Ethiopian girl. On the left, the first man wears a long-sleeved robe with stripes made up of lozenges and fringed edges, with a cloak above it, fastened with a round brooch over his left shoulder. A belt with fringed edges is tied around his waist, holding a knife. His hair is short and curled, covered with a fringed headscarf. His feet are bare, decorated with thin stripes. He holds a bow on his right hand and an arrow in the left.

On the center, the Ethiopian girl wears a draped long-sleeved cloak over a long robe with pleated skirt and fringed edges. Her hair is curled and tied with a headscarf. She wears long pendant earrings made up of strips of round beads. She wears flat shoes with straps over closed socks.

On the right, the Ethiopian man wears a long-sleeved robe, tied with a fringed belt around the waist, holding a knife, and with a long, fringed cape hanging behind his back. His hair is covered by a turban, from which hangs a scarf under his beard. Below his right hip hangs a sword. He wears long stockings and flat strapped shoes.

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