Persia: Containing a Description of the Country, with an Account of Its Government, Laws, and Religion, and of the Character, Manners and Customs, Arts, Amusements, &c. of Its Inhabitants

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J. Grigg, 1828 - Iran - 181 pages

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Page 41 - He was one blaze of jewels, which dazzled the sight on first looking at him ; but the details of his dress were these: A lofty tiara of three elevations was on his head, which shape appears to have been long peculiar to the crown of the great king. It was entirely composed of thickly-set diamonds, pearls, rubies, and emeralds, so exquisitely disposed as to form a mixture of the most beautiful colors in the brilliant light reflected from its surface.
Page 179 - I believe that in no country of the world does the rose grow in such perfection as in Persia ; in no country is it so cultivated and prized by the natives. Their gardens and courts are crowded with its plants, their rooms ornamented with vases filled with its gathered bunches, and every bath strewed with the full-blown flowers, plucked from the ever-replenished stems.
Page 166 - Zainderood, are many pigeon houses, erected at a distance from habitations, for the , purpose of collecting pigeons' dung, for manure. They are large round towers, rather broader at the bottom than the top, and crowned by conical spiracles, through which the pigeons descend. Their interior resembles a honey-comb, pierced with a thousand holes, each of which forms a snug retreat for a nest.
Page 132 - This napery was placed close to their knees. The next service was to set a piece of thin bread or cake before each guest, to be used as a plate and napkin. Then came a tray between every two persons, containing the following articles of...
Page 181 - ... not carried away much of the stone; but some immense slabs which were cut by Nadir Shah, and now lie neglected amongst innumerable fragments, show the objects which he had in view. So much is this stone looked upon as an article of luxury that none but the king, his sons, and persons privileged by special firman are permitted to excavate; and such is the ascendancy of pride over avarice that the scheme of farming it to the highest bidder does not seem to have ever come within the calculations...
Page 143 - The constant succession of walls unenlivened by windows, gives a character of mystery to their dull streets, which is greatly heightened by now and then observing the women, through the small apertures made in the wall, stealing a look at the passengers below.
Page 179 - But in this delicious garden of Negaaristan, the eye and the smell are not the only senses regaled by the presence of the Rose. The ear is enchanted by the wild and beautiful notes of multitudes of nightingales, whose warblings seem to increase in melody and softness with the unfolding of their favorite flowers. Here, indeed, the stranger is more powerfully reminded that he is in the genuine country of the nightingale and the Rose.
Page 122 - East, dyeing their hair and eyebrows, and curiously staining their fair bodies with a variety of fantastic devices, not unfrequently with the figures of trees, birds, and beasts, sun, moon, and stars. This sort of pencil-work spreads over the bosom, and continues down as low as the navel, round which some radiated figure is generally painted.
Page 180 - On approaching the spot the ground has a hollow sound, with a particularly dreary and calcined appearance, and when upon it a strong mineral smell arises from the ponds. The process of petrifaction is to be traced from its first beginning to its termination. In one part the water is clear, in a second it appears thicker and stagnant, in a third quite black, and in its last stage is white, like a hoar frost. Indeed, a petrified pond looks like frozen water, and before the operation is quite finished...
Page 179 - On my first entering this bower of fairy land," says Sir Robert Kerr Porter, speaking of the garden of one of the royal palaces of Persia, " I was struck with the appearance of two Rose-trees, full fourteen feet high, laden with thousands of flowers, in every degree of expansion, and of a bloom and delicacy of scent that imbued the whole atmosphere with exquisite perfume.

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