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  • Investigation of the lappet wig as royal headgear in ancient Egypt–part 2

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    What different messages were intended by the color choices of pharaoh’s various lappet wigs?  These distinctive wigs, which appear in numerous variations, were adorned with a spectrum of colors–not only black, like the wigs worn by the king’s subjects, but also bright blue, red, and …

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  • Investigation of the lappet wig as royal headgear in ancient Egypt–part 1

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    While we may know what a lappet wig is, what does it mean? Among the headgear worn by the pharaohs of the New Kingdom is a particular wig that is short in the back and longer at the sides.  This wig appears in a variety …

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  • The red looped sash: an enigmatic element of royal regalia in ancient Egypt-part 4

    What meaning did the red looped sash worn at the king’s waist hold for those who saw his image?  What message was it intended to convey?  In this final post (the last in a four-part series) on the looped red sash, all of the threads …

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  • The red looped sash: an enigmatic element of royal regalia in ancient Egypt-part 3

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    What message is the looped sash worn at the king’s waist meant to convey?  Why is it almost always painted red, and what meaning does that facet add to the inherent significance of the sash itself? The previous posts in this four-part series (the first …

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  • The red looped sash: an enigmatic element of royal regalia in ancient Egypt-part 2

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    Why was the looped sash worn at the king’s waist almost always painted red?  What significance does this color hold and what message does it convey as a prominent regalia element?  In the first post on the red looped sash, we discussed the use of …

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  • The red looped sash: an enigmatic element of royal regalia in ancient Egypt–part 1

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    Is the red looped sash worn at the king’s waist simply an elaborate tie used to hold up the royal kilt, or does it have an inherent significance?  If it did carry meaning, what made it appropriate for particular contexts but not for others?  The …

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  • Analysis of royal sandals in ancient Egypt, Part 2

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    Sincere thanks to Tom Hardwick for his astute comments and suggestions in the crafting of this two-part post In a previous post, I outlined the basic history and significance of sandals and discussed the apparent usage patterns of royal sandals at Medinet Habu, based on …

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  • Analysis of royal sandals in ancient Egypt, Part 1

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    (Sincerest thanks to Tom Hardwick for his astute comments and suggestions during the crafting of this two-part article) You can tell a lot by the shoes someone wears. Context clearly affects the choice of footwear; one pair for dancing, another for traffic court, and yet …

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  • Brief investigation of the atef crown at Medinet Habu, Egypt

    One of the more elaborate crowns worn by the pharaoh is known as the atef.  This crown appears first in the Fifth Dynasty and becomes more complex, with additional uraei (cobras) and other added elements during the early New Kingdom.  When worn by the king, …

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  • Basic analysis of the ankh at Medinet Habu, Egypt

    The ankh is one of the most universally recognized symbols of ancient Egypt, but there are aspects of its usage that are still obscure.  Commonly held by the gods, the ankh is often considered the ‘breath of life’ and had a rejuvenating effect when grasped …

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