THE

COSTUME OF TURKEY,

ILLUSTRATED BY A SERIES OF

ENGRAVINGS;

WITH

DESCRIPTIONS IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH.

Plate XVII

A HAMAL,
OR COMMON PORTER.

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Porter.
THESE men are very numerous, particularly at Pera, where they are employed in removing the various goods and merchandise. Those, who are of Armenian origin, are reckoned the strongest, and carry an immense weight ; sixteen of them, (according to Dallaway,) with their arms in some manner interlaced, will frequently carry up the steep declivity from the quay of Galata a cask of wine of such immense weight, suspended by a pole, that each person must support near three hundred pounds. The mode, in which they individually carry, is seen in this plate, and differs from the English, who confine the burden entirely to their shoulders, while the Turks distribute it between the shoulders and the hips.

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See a Cumurdgi : charbonnier charcoal carrier in Monnier's album Costumes Orientaux (Recueil de costumes et vêtements de l'Empire ottoman au 18e siècle), 1786





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