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Female door knocker

Female door knocker

Isfahan

Such door knockers are found all over the country and most especially in the very conservative heartland city of Yazd. Every door had two door knockers - the phallic male knocker was hit once and made a solid sound. If the man of the house was not home the women knew they had to veil before opening the door or not open it at all - if on the other hand the “female” ring was hit several times, the tone was lighter and women could open the door.

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