ANCIENT EGYPT AND NEAR EAST.
Persian kirtle from an Egyptian grave (ca. 6th cent. A. D.)
The garment is made of fine linen. The nucleus has already had side parts added. The sleeves slant towards the wrist in the modern Persian fashion. In colour, motif, and the manner of making, the woollen braid resembles that of modern Turkoman tent spreads and carpets. The shape of the neck-opening is very similar to that of the Afghan shirts (Pl. 84), the women’s kirtles in Benares (Pl. 92), and the warriors’ tunics in Omdurman. The leg coverings are of reddish or brown felt ornamented below; they were fastened to a hip-cord. High soft leather top-boots, some of which are still preserved completed the ancient costume of the Persians.
Origs. in Neues Museum, Berlin. Published by kind permission of the directors.