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Primary Source #2

Clay statue of hat with veil

The 8th-9th century graves at astana (Turfan) on the Northern Silk Road contain mounted female figures who, by their headgear and facial features, identified them as being from the local population. This figure is painted and glazed pottery with some wood, silk, and hemp ornaments. Her hat is fitted with a veil for traveling in the desert. During the early days of the Tang dynasty (618–906) in China, this type of clothing became fashionable in the capital Chang'an and other metropolitan centers, and women also wore hats complete with veils, to protect them from the city dust.

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