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Shylock's Costume
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1539  Tuesday, 17 August 2004

From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Monday, 16 Aug 2004 10:29:53 -0500
Subject:        Shylock's Costume

Does anyone know of a convenient online period image of what Shylock's
"Jewish gabardine" would have looked like? (Not as imagined by modern
costume designers for post-16th-century productions, but an early modern
drawing or woodcut or painting of a well-to-do Jewish man from Venice or
thereabouts.) I'm hoping for something analogous to the rich visual
image of the painting of the Moorish ambassador abd el-Oahed at the
Shakespeare Institute.

Put another way: what visually distinctive dress was the referent of
Shylock's self-describing phrase? Was there a trope for "typical" Jewish
dress in Shakespeare's theater? Etc.

Thanks.

Frank Whigham

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