Egyptian Votive Tunic


Liana Miate
published on 01 June 2017
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Egyptian votive tunic. Probably 19th Dynasty, about 1275 BCE. Possibly from Deir-el-Bahari, Thebes. The British Museum, (photo taken at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia)

Often described as a child's tunic because of its small size, this garment probably had a more sacred function. It is dedicated to Hathor, who is depicted in the shape of a cow and described as 'Hathor foremost of Thebes, Lady of Heaven, Mistress of the gods' in hieroglyphs above the animal. Such tunics would have been offered to the goddess, possibly to invoke protection for a child or a woman during labour.

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Liana Miate
Liana is the Social Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in ancient Greece, Rome & Late Antiquity. She is particularly passionate about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

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