Tomb of Menena (Thebes, Egypt): Portrait of an elegant lady

Published/Created:
1350-1209 BCE
Date Depicted:
1975
8000 BC - 499 AD
Notes:
The lotus, a flower of religious significance, is stylized into a circlet. The long, full wig ends in tiny ringlets.
Abstract:
Throughout Egyptian civilization the head is emphasized. Large and elaborate wigs, crowns, and diadems create a continuous, rounded line from shoulder to shoulder. Make-up focuses attention on the eyes. Earrings and jeweled collars enhance the line around the head. In the early dynasties the natural hair is short. For most of the dynasties the head is shaved and covered with a full wig. Frequently the wig is separated into three parts: side hair is drawn forward and frames the face; back hair falls straight and ends in a fringe of curls; at the forehead hair is in bangs. Wigs are made of hair or wool which is dyed black, blue, or red.
Topics:
Costume -- Egypt -- History -- (LC)
Dress accessories -- Egypt -- History -- (LC)
Painting -- Egypt -- 19th dynasty -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
New Kingdom
Culture:
Egyptian (ancient)
Accession Number:
4388-007
Genre:
paintings (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Paintings & Drawings
Rights:
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Source Creator:
Button, Jeanne and Sbarge, Stephen
Source Title:
History of Costume, In Slides, Notes and Commentaries: Volume 1
Source Created:
New York, NY
Theatre Arts Slide Presentations
1975
Call Number:
GT513 +B87 1 (LC)
Orbis Barcode:
39002051938497
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
OID:
10542703
PID:
digcoll:1793141