Braided drums

The woman whom Bloom ogles in Lotus Eaters as she prepares to step up onto a cab is wearing riding gloves: "She raised a gloved hand to her hair….Drawing back his head and gazing far from beneath his vailed eyelids he saw the bright fawn skin shine in the glare, the braided drums." The meaning of "drums" here is uncertain, but Joyce seems to be referring to the raised lines on the backs of many gloves that glovemakers call "points." They probably originated as seams running back from the points where the fingers meet, but at some point in sartorial history they became ornamental ridges.

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A woman's driving glove. Source: