shirt (clothing: outerwear)

Shirt of starched linen, made up of many thin pieces sewn together. The front and back piece are joined at the bottom hem only. There is a hole in the center for the head, and there are no sleeves. The outer surface is covered with Arabic script, also circles, crosses and other designs in red, brown, yellow, blue, and green. The upper front and back have on their inside surfaces three rows of small sewn leather amulets. One of these has been opened and translated by Mr. B. G. Martin of Thetford, Vermont, U.S.A. The paper inside the amulet reads: 1) in the name of God compassionate and merciful. 2) love of God for persons. 3) the loved one. 4) (with star design) King of the people.

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