Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Lower Egyptian costume

Temple of Seti I at Abydos

NOTE: The beaded apron, net pattern hip apron, and swallow amulet combine to form this enigmatic costume first observed on the Narmer palette.  For a discussion of this unusual costume, which has intense solar connotations, please see D. C. Patch’s article “A ‘Lower Egyptian’ costume: it’s origin, development, and meaning,” in the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 32 (1995), 93-116.


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