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yacel0762 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 25, 2013 at 8:34 PM via web

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What types and forms of artwork from the ancient Egyptian era provide information about the clothing?

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kipling2448 | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 25, 2013 at 9:06 PM (Answer #1)

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Throughout history, we have learned much about the manner in which different civilizations clothed themselves from the art they left behind.  The Ancient Egyptians were no different.  The Egyptians left behind enough artwork to provide fairly good information on how they dressed and adorned themselves.  Wall murals in particular provided archeologists and anthropologists images of how Ancient Eyptians dressed.

In addition to paintings and drawings left behind on walls, archeologists have discovered jewelry, sculpture and pottery adorned with images that help to draw a picture of the civilization as it existed.  It should be noted that these images overwhelmingly reflect the dress of the elite, but there are also images that show slaves and Egyptians lower on the socioeconomic ladder.

There are a number of museums in the United States with collections of art from Ancient Egypt, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.  Obviously, given its colonial heritage, the British Museum in London, England, also has a very good collection.

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