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Tell Me, Richard—Did The Ancient Egyptians Really Wear Suspenders? (Thoughts On The Vizier'S Insignia And One Of The Men Who Wore It During Amenhotep III'S Reign)

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This chapter talks about a fine limestone bust presumably broken from a seated statue; the bust offers tantalizing clues to the identity of the person it represents. A cord worked in raised relief is visible at both sides of the man's neck; it has often been mistakenly identified as straps, or even "suspenders". Amenhotep III's viziers are known from various documents and monuments unfortunately none of these records help identify the bust. Two statues from Bubastis depicting him wearing the vizier's high-wrapped skirt with cord are headless. Ptahmose is known to have been buried at Thebes, both statue fragments bearing his name are headless. In his Theban tomb Ramose wears the traditional vizier's garments but sculptures preserving his image are not known. Aper-el, who is depicted in his tomb at Saqqara wearing the standard garments of the vizier, might have dedicated a statue at Thebes, regardless of where he was buried.

Keywords: Amenhotep III; ancient Egyptians; limestone bust; suspenders; Thebes; vizier's garments



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