Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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An Egyptian 18th dynasty pharaonic era princess’ crown.
I don’t normally post jewelry, crowns and the like, but this is GORGEOUS and the little gazelle heads are so cute. I want it!
The 18th dynasty was ca 1550 BC-ca 1292 BC. It included Tutankhamen (“King Tut”), Hatshepsut, Akhenaten and Nefertiti (his queen) among others.
Various ancient hairstyles
Reassembled headdress worn by a minor wife of Thutmose III, ca 1479-1425 BC Egypt, the Met Museum
I’m not sure if the hair is original
Canopic Jar Lid, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, late reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1340–1336 B.C.
Egyptian; From KV55, Valley of the Kings, western Thebes
Egyptian alabaster with glass and stone inlays
Egyptian wigs are always something I’ve found fascinating. This is a really lovely representation of one in a pretty stunning medium! ALABASTER!
Evening overdress made of Egyptian silk tabby, ca 1801 England and Egypt, Royal Ontario Museum
Posting this again because I’ve just now realized that the listing is for the overdress alone. I don’t know if the dress they have under it is original to the era or of it’s a reproduction. Either way, they’re beautiful together. People of the Regency/Empire/Federal era weren’t just fascinated by ancient Greece and Rome; they also drew influences from Asia and ancient Egypt. Also I never noticed that the fabric was striped, and you all know how much I love stripes.
Piece of a tapestry, ca 4th century AD Egypt, Victoria & Albert Museum
Classical motifs made it even to central Egypt, where this fragment was found. In the East, classical influences have been found as far away as India! The fragment depicts Perseus cutting off the head of Medusa.
Sandals, 1550-1186 BC Egypt, MFA Boston
These are teeny tiny. They must have been for a child or a very small woman.
Reassembled beadnet dress, 2323-2150 BC Egypt, MFA Boston
Another reassembled dress, assumably with a similar story to the last one. Legend has it that these were worn by the female rowers who sailed down the Nile with the pharaoh, who was supposedly delighted by having his own little peepshow. This is probably just a legend.
Reassembled beadnet dress, 2551-2528 BC Egypt, MFA Boston
This was found in a tomb with the scant remains of its owner, an unknown woman. The threads keeping it together had turned to dust long ago but the beads were still in their original arrangement.
Collar, 2551-2528 BC Egypt, MFA Boston
We have something that looks like this for our girl kitty because she’s an Abyssinian mix. It’s so cute.