Garment of Senebtisi

Middle Kingdom

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This garment has a narrow waist because it was intended to adorn only a mummy. Although the design was based on an actual royal ritual outfit, in the late Middle Kingdom this version was also used for elite burials in royal cemeteries such as Dahshur and Lisht. The distinctive lily and papyrus beads signify Upper and Lower Egypt. The royal nature of the outfit connected the deceased with the king and therefore to Osiris, lord of the afterlife.

Garment of Senebtisi, Light and dark green, blue and black faience, paint

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