Riding Costume in Egypt

Origin and Appearance


An extremely rare and conspicuous find of oriental riding costumes in the late antique necropolis of Antinoopolis (Middle Egypt) brought together a number of specialists piecing together their evolution and historical context.
The first part deals with the evolution and distribution of the oriental riding costume in the Middle and Near East through the ages and the historical background on the find spot.
The second part focuses on the original costumes in various museum collections including much so far unpublished material, technical researches and reconstructions. Surprising new insights on the social background of their owners has been obtained by carefully studying and piecing together the finding context. Also the representations of riding costumes in and on different monuments are carefully examined. The book is richly illustrated with colour and black and white plates.

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Cäcilia Fluck, Ph.D. (1991) in Philosophy, University of Münster, Germany, is independant collaborator of the Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Berlin. She has published on late antique and early christian archaeology, especially textiles, from Egypt.
Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, Ph.D. (1989) in archaeological textiles, Manchester University, is a textile historian and director of the Stichting Textile Research Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands. She is particularly interested in Middle Eastern textiles and clothing.
All those interested in history and art history of the Late Antique World, oriental archaeology, ancient textiles, as well as egyptology, coptology and ethnology.
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