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38 The commentary on footbinding was informed by an idea novel to eighteenth-century Europe: that the status of women in a society was a primary index to the standard of civilisation in that society. "39 In Barrow's view, the women of antiquity had suffered a degradation "as impolitic as it is extraordinary," but the Chinese excelled even the ancients in the humiliations and restraints they imposed upon women. They deprived them of the use of their limbs and confined them indoors, or alternatively used and abused them in the fields as they might their oxen and asses.

The garment depicted here is Qing dynasty court dress {chaofu), and is distinguished from other official and common gowns by the skirt style of the lower part of the garment, a phenomenon discussed in the following chapter. The shoulder collar (pijian) may also have been in use before the Qing (see Wilson, Chinese Dress, 29). Note the horse shoe cuffs on the robe, and the style of the official hats (winter above, summer below). Fig. 3 Nineteenth-century Qing dynasty courtrobe, acquired by George ("Chinese") M o r rison presumably after the end of the dynasty in 1912.

In dress as in other respects, a society was more commonly represented by reference to its male members. John Barrow early made it plain that when he spoke of the dress of "the common people," he was speaking of the dress of men. Women were appended. More than a century later, J. Dyer 57 Montesquieu, Persian Letters, 49, 58 Goldsmith, Citizen ofthe World, Vol. I, 14. , 12. 35 WAYS O F SEEING Fig. 8 "Braiding the queue," from the collection of the Religious Tract Society. The front of the head was shaven clean, while the hair at the back was cultivated to its maximum length.

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