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the height of half an inch, and some much less, according to the size of the figure...The garments, and various parts of the limbs, were marked by a narrow line, not deeper than the thickness of a half-crown, but so exact, that it produced the intended effect. When the figures were completed and made smooth by the sculptor, they received a coat of whitewash all over. This white is so beautiful and clear, that our best and whitest paper appeared yellowish when compared with it. The painter came next, and finished the figure."-BELZONI's Travels, pp. 238, 239.

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"...And he left his garment in her hand, and fled." EXODUS Xxii. 26, 27.

"If thou at all take thy neighbour's raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down for that is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep?"

NUMBERS XV. 37-39.

"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue and it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them.”


"It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard that went down to the skirts of his garments."

JEREMIAH ii. 34.

"Also in thy skirts (Heb. wings) is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents."

MATT. ix. 20.

"And, behold, a woman ... came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment."

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xxi. 8.

...A very great multitude spread their garments in the way."

xxiii. 5.

"...They make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments.”


"...Not put on two coats."

LUKE Vi. 29.

"...Him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also."

JOHN Xiii. 4.

"He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments."

JOHN xix. 23.

"...The coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout."

ACTS xii. 8.

"...Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me."

REV. i. 12, 13.

"I saw...one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot."

The Hebrews wore a coat, and a cloak. The coat was their under garment, next their skin, and the cloak over this. These two garments together made what Scripture calls a change of raiment; such as those which Naaman brought as presents to Elisha. (2 Kings v. 23.) The coat was commonly of linen, and the cloak of stuff or woollen.

Some coats were without seams, woven in a loom, and had no openings either at the breast or on the sides, but only at the top to let the head through. Such, probably, were the coats of the priests, and that of our Lord Jesus Christ. They still make them after the same manner in the East. To see garments entire, without seam, with sleeves and quarters of the same piece, woven together in the loom, is no rarity....In the Maldine Islands there are workmen and weavers so ingenious, that they make entire shirts and waistcoats of the fibres of the cocoa-tree, after the manner before described. The girdle is worn round this inner coat.-See Calmet.

One of the garments most commonly worn by all classes in the East, is a large loose woollen mantle, woven by the women, and very like the plaids worn in Scotland. It is, in fact, a sort of blanket, and forms the principal article of clothing among the poorer classes.

Mr. Arundell thus mentions it :-The white felt or coarse cloth cloak of the camel-driver, "is his fairweather and foul-weather companion, his protection against the heat and cold by day, and by night his bed.

and counterpane. How cruelly would he feel its loss! So humane was the law of the Jewish Legislator, 'If thou at all take thy neighbour's raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down.


For that is his covering only; it is his raiment for his skin ;—wherein shall he sleep?'"-ARUNDELL'S Asia Minor, vol. ii. pp. 123, 124.

The usual size of this garment "is six yards long, and five or six feet broad."

In such a garment probably the Israelites folded up their kneading troughs, "as the Moors and Arabs do to this day things of the like burthen and encumbrance."

"The Arabs join together, with thread or with a wooden bodkin, the two upper corners of this garment; and after having placed them first over one of their shoulders, they then fold the rest of it about their bodies." These corners formed the skirts, or wings of the garment.

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