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Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Sidelock

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Tomb of Khaemwaset (QV 44)

NOTE: This particular hairstyle came to be the archetypal symbol of youth, whether it appeared on princes, as here, or deities like Horus and Khonsu.

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  1. Sussi01-15-2013

    I have a question:
    At what age did the children stop wearing sidelock ?
    Is there any wa of knowing that ?

    • Art of Counting01-19-2013

      Usually, sidelocks were worn until puberty–about the age of 14.

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