An Universal history, from the earliest account of time Volume 29

 
9781236043610: An Universal history, from the earliest account of time Volume 29

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1759 Excerpt: ... or artificial flowers, intermixed wirh bodkins with jewels at the end: but those who are advanced in years seldom wear any thing but a piece of superfine silk wound several times about their heads (S). (S) Some of the ladies will with the figure of a Feng-whang, itlorn their heads, we are told, a sabulous bird, formerly menMod. Hist. Vol. ViU. S tioned, Vests. Their bodies are covered with a fine vest, long enough to reach to the ground, and tied about the middle with a girdle. The elderly women chuse theirs of black, or deep purple; but the young ones, of red, blue, or green, according to Long their fancy. Their hands are always concealed within their sieevei. wide long sleeves, which would trail on the ground, if they did not take care to hold them up; and whatever is offered to them, is taken with their hands wrapped up in them. They never shew their necks or breasts, but conceal both, either by the closeness Of their vest, or by some very short cloak, which is wrapped about the neck and shoulders. Over the vest they wear a loose gown with very wide sleeves, which would likewise drag to the ground, if not held up: fo that, upoa the whole, their dress is not only very decent, but the best contrived to conceal their bodies in the modestest manner. Drtfi if That of the men is no less suited to the gravity and mothe men. dcsty they seem to affect (T). Their heads are covered with a kind tioned (60), and made either of of the body; whereas they shire copper, or silvergilt, as they can to conceal even their arms, legs, afford it Its wings are gently and thighs, by their long go"5! spread over the sore-part of wide breeches and sleeves, a»d their head-dress, and embrace ill-shaped stockeot, or boots. the upper part of the temples. Its They likewise s...

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