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|Turban vs. cap
Written by Joan Ellen
(11/27/2006 10:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think perhaps..., penned by Reeba
I was at first inclined to agree with Constance Hill, because I would have thought something as large as a turban could not have been referred to as a cap. But then I thought of this famous 1813 portrait of Byron, in Albanian dress, by Phillips.
In a letter to Miss Mercer Elphinstone, May 3 1814, Byron writes:
That settles it, I thought. Then I came on this Albanian culture site, linked below, which describes Byron's headdress as "a red and gold and bluish-green striped shawl wound round his head like a turban..." So apparently the cap was something else.
So again I am somewhat inclined to believe a turban would not be likely to be described as a cap.
One does not know what to think.
|Lord Byron and his Albanian Costume|
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