Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian & Persian Costume

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 190 pages
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. Unabridged republication of the 2nd edition of Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian & Persian Costume and Decoration, published by Adam & Charles Black, London, 1954. Introduction. Over 250 illustrations.
 

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Contents

COSTUMES OF THE OLD KINGDOM
5
THE MIDDLE KINGDOM
13
COSTUME IN THE NEW EMPIRE COMMENCING WITH THOSE OF THE 18TH DYNASTY 1576 BC
20
MILITARY COSTUME CHIEFLY THAT OF THE NEW EMPIRE
41
PRIESTS MUSICIANS AND MANUAL WORKERS
53
FOREIGNERS AS DEPICTED BY EGYPTIAN ARTISTS
65
THE CONSTRUCTION OR SHAPING OF ANCIENT EGYPTIAN COSTUME
74
EGYPTIAN ORNAMENT
98
ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIAN COSTUME
106
SUMERIAN STYLE IN COSTUME
108
BABYLONIAN STYLE IN COSTUME
115
ASSYRIAN STYLE IN COSTUME
132
ANCIENT PERSIAN COSTUME
160
ACHAEMENID SELEUCID ARSACID AND SASSANID PERSIAN COSTUME
161
BIBLIOGRAPHY
186
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