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In 1922 the tomb of Tutankhamun was found by Howard Carter. This sensational find triggered an incredible "Egyptophile wave". In art, literature, in everyday objects, but also in fashion this find found its echo. This overdress made of net tulle is a good example. Egyptian motifs have been embroidered in many hours of handwork. What a job!
Isis is depicted on the back of this unique dress. Isis belongs to the circle of Egyptian gods and is considered a powerful sorceress. Isis, the sister and wife of Osiris is as well known and loved as he is. Their common child is Horus. On this dress she is depicted with a human head and wings. Her wings symbolize care and protection for the living and the dead. Also embroidered on the back is the sign of the god Chepre (in the shoulder area): a scarab beetle with wings. He is a primordial god (creator god of the earth), but also a sun god. The two circles embroidered above and below the beetle symbolize this: it is the evening sun and the rising morning sun. On the front is depicted son Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris. Horus is the god of the living. He is depicted as a falcon god: a falcon with a human head. The small beard indicates his divine attributes.
The pointed neckline, the hem of the dress and the sleeves, as well as connecting pieces between the representations of the gods, are colorfully embroidered with geometric figures and floral representations. Front closure with press studs. The overdress is well preserved. It has some small holes in the tulle and a few repaired places. However, the value of the dress is not measured by its state of preservation, but by its historical significance and uniqueness. We have never seen a dress like this before. Actually a museum piece. The decoration is not included.
Length: ~ 105 cm
Chest: ~ 87 cm