Dover Coloring Book

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I always enjoy Tom Tierney's fashion coloring books. This one was particularly enjoyable because I am such a fan of ancient Egypt. Many of these images are available online, for those who are particular about being accurate. After I had nearly finished the book, I realized I owned the Dover book from which Tierney had drawn the pictures—the ones that were online.

The images in this collection are mostly of kings, a number of queens, and the rest, slaves, musicians or entertainers, and other people. They are divided into the Old Kingdom, when Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt became unified; the Middle Kingdom, the age of pyramid building; and the New Kingdom, the period of power and growth, ending with the Roman conquest, according to Tierney. He always provides interesting information along with his drawings, and the most fascinating was the Egyptian's attitude about body hair. Well, they didn't have it. It was all shaved off, men and women alike, including heads. He says it was because they were so particular about cleanliness. Indeed they were. Further research revealed that they were obsessed with it, bathing several times a day. Barbarians and animals were covered with hair, and they were neither, they thought. And shaving their heads also prevented lice infestations. Egypt is a pretty hot place, you know. The various wigs they wore helped cool their heads, and could be washed or thrown away. Beards were symbols of power. False wooden beards were worn by pharaohs, and also by Queen Hatshepsut, who "declared herself a man in order to rule as a pharaoh," and is pictured as such in the book. That is also she on the cover.

Nakedness was common, especially for slaves, but even royalty wore sheer garments, and lots of bare boobies, even for the queens. Perhaps the ability to go about completely naked with no shame attached is the mark of ultimate civilization.

Since this is an older book (1999), there are 45 pages to color, including the typical Tierney feature of two pages of headwear in the back of the book. (No footwear in this one because they often wore none.) I have chosen which pictures to post in order to illustrate the variety included in this collection. I hope you enjoy them and get inspired to learn more about Ancient Egypt. You may see all my Tom Tierney fashion book reviews on his Index Page.

Page 4: Old Kingdom; King wearing "Red Crown" of Lower Egypt.
Page 8: Old Kingdom; A Dancer
Page 11: Middle Kingdom; A King and a Woman

A Dancer

A King and a Woman

King wearing "Red Crown" of Lower Egypt

Page 17: Middle Kingdom; A King dressed for the Jubilee Festival, and a Slave.
Page 20: New Kingdom; A Queen
Page 21: New Kingdom; A King

A Queen

A King

A King dressed for the Jubilee Festival, and a Slave

Page 23: New Kingdom; A Priest
Page 31: New Kingdom; A Musician and a Slave. The Musician wears a perfumed wax cone.

A Musician and a Slave

A Priest

Page 40: New Kingdom; The God Anubis
Page 45: New Kingdom; A Noblewoman and Nobleman

A Noblewoman and Nobleman

The God Anubis


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