Catalan headgear/Rylands Haggadah
- Okay, I know at least one person out there's got the facsimile of the Rylands
MS, so I am throwing myself on their mercy. Everyone else can chime in too.
Pictures of Jewish women in the Aragon region, circa 1300s show outdoor wear
as an ankle-length dark cloak that's draped over the head and wrapped under
the chin. One of my sources describes it as being 'similar to that worn by
Moorish women'. In the manuscripts they are mostly blue or black,
other colors. The male equivalent seems to have a hood that's either
matches, or matches in the manuscripts. Is there a acronym for 'That's The
It Looks In The Picture' in use?
My big question--what are you wearing on your head under the cloak? The
formal holiday hats that amuse me so much wouldn't fit under this. There's no
evidence I can see of a veil being worn underneath, although veils and a kind
wrapped turban turn up in various other pictures--and wouldn't it be hard to
keep on under the cloak? I assume that it was possible to arrive at your
destination, go to the powder room and put on appropriate indoor headgear,
So I turn to the Rylands Haggadah **which arrived yesterday** and find it
short on female figures (natch), however there is an illo of Moses and his
leaving Midian. In the first picture, Moses is walking and Tzipora is riding
a donkey with the two boys.
In the second, Tzipora is circumcising her son. She's off the donkey, on the
ground, and her cloak is off her head. I can clearly see a red gown, the
of the cloak...but the picture is slightly damaged, and I'm not sure what I'm
seeing on her head. A section has been crosshatched, and I can't tell if it's
braids, or a hairnet of the kind the woman in the seder scene is wearing.
There seems to be a clean white band across her forehead, and once again, I
tell if that's fabric, or a section of the 'hair' that the crosshatching was
damaged off of. Any ideas? Any ideas about what women wore under hoods or
cloaks, at all? (The classic coif does not appear on any woman I've seen in
Catalan sources around this time.)
I may have to scan this, eh?