Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian & Persian Costume
Clothing was hardly a practical necessity in North Africa and what is today the Middle East. Often a luxury item in these warm, humid climates, it became more essential as people's lives improved socially and economically. But even then, the drapery was light and tended to accent the body's shape rather than conceal it. The first part of this profusely illustrated and scrupulously researched text examines the evolution in apparel worn by Egyptian royalty, priests, musicians, manual workers, the military, and foreigners (as depicted by Egyptian artists). Two additional sections consider clothing worn in ancient Mesopotamia and Persia, focusing largely on Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian styles. Over 250 illustrations, drawn in the artistic style of the period, are accompanied by flat patterns showing the cut of the garment, thus enabling today's costumers to accurately reconstruct this apparel. A comprehensive archive that will not only be of immense value to fashion historians and students of costume design, this volume will also fascinate anyone interested in the development of artistic representation.
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ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIAN COSTUME
ANCIENT PERSIAN COSTUME
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18th Dynasty Achaemenid Ancient Egypt Ashur-nasir-pal Assyrian B.C. Fig Babylonian belt British Museum Champollion Chapter characteristic circlet cloak colour compared corner corselet crown decoration describes detail diadem disk drapery drawing Eannatum edge Egyptian artist elaborate Empire example feathers fifth century B.C. fringed Gardner Wilkinson garment girdle goddess Gudea hair hanging head head-dress helmet Hittite Hyksos identical illustrated inches jewelled kilt king king’s Lagash lay figure left shoulder left side Lepsius linen Louvre Marduk-Nadin-Akhe monarch º º Old Kingdom ornament pendant period Persian Pharaoh Prisse d’Avennes Queen Rameses Rameses III rectangular representation represented ribbons right armpit right side robe Rosellini round the back round the waist royal sandals Sassanid sculpture seen at Fig seen at Plate shape shawl shewn shews side of waist similar skirt Standard of Ur style Sumerian Thebes third millenium B.C. tomb trousers tuck tunic Tut-ankh-amen uraeus waist-cord wears women women’s dress worn woven wrap-round