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26. FEMME JUIVE AVEC SON VOILE,
ET SES RICHES PARURES
Engraved and etched by Francois van Bleyswick
From Augustin Calmet, Dictionaire historique, critique, chronologique, géographique et littéral de la Bible
Paris: Emery, Saugrain & P. Martin, 1722

In 1722 the French scholar, Augustin Calmet (1672-1757) published his massive, two-volume encyclopedia of the Bible. The work proved extremely popular and was quickly translated and reprinted in Dutch (1725) and English (1730). A series of 160 engravings covering a vast array of Jewish customs, festivals, and biblical objects were specially commissioned to further explicate the text. The illustrations featured here are labeled A Jewish Man Dressed for Prayer and A Jewish Woman with her Veil and Rich Ornaments. They were meant to accompany the entries for Taled (sic. Tallit, a prayer shawl) and Veil.

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