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Eva
 Tolkin
 
  December
 21,
 2012
 
  History
 of
 Costume
 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  FINAL
 PAPER:
 History
 of
 Costume
 1
 
 
 “The
 Shroud
 of
 a
 Woman
 Wearing
 a
 Fringed
 Tunic”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Eva
 Tolkin
 
  December
 21,
 2012
 
  History
 of
 Costume
 1
 
 
  In
 the
 middle
 of
 the
 first
 century
 A.D,
 the
 Roman
 practice
 of
 painting
  naturalistic
 funerary
 portraits
 found
 its
 way
 to
 Egypt.
 Created
 for
 the
 purpose
 of
  covering
 the
 mummified,
 these
 portraits
 served
 as
 a
 record
 of
 the
 deceased
 as
 he
 or
  she
 had
 appeared
 in
 real
 life.1
 
 Egypt
 became
 a
 province
 of
 the
 Roman
 Empire
  following
 the
 defeat
 of
 Antony
 and
 Cleopatra
 VII
 in
 31
 BC.
 This
 period
 was
 marked
  by
 numerous
 foreign
 influences
 and
 saw
 significant
 changes
 in
 Egyptian
 customs,
  especially
 those
 concerned
 with
 death.2
 The
 funerary
 portraits
 from
 Roman
 Egypt
  were
 the
 product
 of
 a
 fusion
 of
 two
 traditions,
 that
 of
 pharaonic
 Egypt
 and
 that
 of
  the
 Classical
 World.
 While
 the
 mummification
 tradition
 indisputably
 belongs
 to
 the
  Egyptian
 religious
 ritual,
 the
 portraits
 are
 part
 of
 the
 naturalistic
 painting
 tradition
  imported
 into
 Egypt
 from
 Macedonia.
 3
 Due
 to
 the
 hot
 and
 dry
 climate
 of
 Egypt,
  several
 funerary
 portraits
 and
 artifacts
 have
 been
 well
 preserved,
 providing
 an
  abundant
 source
 of
 information
 on
 the
 dress
 of
 the
 Romanized
 elite
 in
 Egypt.
 The
  stylistic
 characteristics
 of
 “The
 Shroud
 of
 a
 Woman
 Wearing
 a
 Fringed
 Tunic”
 (170-­‐ 200
 AD),
 vividly
 illustrate
 the
 assimilation
 of
 Roman,
 Greek
 and
 Egyptian
 culture
  that
 took
 place
 in
 Egypt
 during
 the
 Roman
 Period
 (fig.1).
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  1
 Janet
 Picton,
 Stephen
 Quirke,
 and
 Paul
 C.
 Roberts.
 Living
 Images:
 Egyptian
 Funerary
  Portraits
 in
 the
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