Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
Can you tell me about her clothing?
This painting of a woman named Tjepu includes a great example of the kind of fine linen that is common in depictions of ancient Egyptian clothing.
Women are often shown wearing tight-fitting, ankle length dresses made of white linen. Here, she also wears a translucent overgarment also of white linen. The lines you see in it represent pleats.
In this painting of Tjepu, you also see a type of necklace called a wesekh or a broad collar, which was based on collars made of real flowers and therefore had important connotations of rebirth and regeneration.
Can you tell me about his clothing?
This wooden statue of a man named Sa-iset the Younger is another great example of elaborate pleating and here we have the opportunity to see it in three dimensions. This garment also would have been made of linen.