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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!
Lotus flowers are embroidered on the front and back. The lotus (also lotus flower, lotus, lotus flower) was with the scarab the most important symbol of resurrection and regeneration. The blue lotus was a sacred plant in ancient Egypt. It must have been wonderfully fragrant. The lotuses surround a male figure (probably the pharaoh Tutankhamun) wearing a striped loincloth. On his head a gold-colored headband with a snake. Two gold-colored bracelets. In his hand the figure holds an anch. The anch is an ancient Egyptian symbol representing continued life in the afterlife. As a hieroglyph, the sign is an abbreviation for life. The dress is dedicated to life in this world and the hereafter.
The pointed neckline and sleeves are colorfully embroidered with geometric figures. The hem of the dress is made of a blue fabric. Front closure with press studs. The overdress is in good condition. It has some small holes in the tulle and a few repaired spots; a larger spot is on the left side (backwards). 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: ~ 123 cm
Chest: ~ 87 cm