Tutankhamun’s fashion

Course Dates: 13/05/23
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Recent examinations of Tutankhamun’s underwear have revealed that the boy king was decidedly ‘pear-shaped’. What can his clothing tell us about the minutiae of daily life in Ancient Egypt? Afternoon visit to the Petrie Museum.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

Course Code: RC002

Sat, day, 13 May - 13 May '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Tutankhamun’s wardrobe – comprising over 500 items – constitutes the largest artefact assemblage discovered in his tomb. What exactly did the boy king wear, and what does this reveal about his physique? View surviving clothing in the Petrie Museum.

What will we cover?

An inventory of Tutankhamun’s wardrobe, including his ‘christening’ and state robes, daily dress, and large underwear collection. Tutankhamun as a pear-shaped king, an archer, and his foot necrosis.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- List the garments Tutankhamun wore
- Describe Tutankhamun’s underwear
- Evaluate the importance of his wardrobe for revealing aspects of Tutankhamun’s physique.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is taught at Level 3 and no previous knowledge of Ancient Egypt is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor presentation using AV material; questions and answers; discussion and debate; handouts and both pre- and follow-up reading / watching short video clips. There will also be a visit to the Petrie Museum at University College London at the end of the day.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

None, apart from note-taking materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any other course on Ancient Egypt and other ancient civilisations. See City Lit’s website for details.

Rosalind Janssen

Rosalind Janssen has a first degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham, specialising in Egyptology. She was a curator in UCL's Petrie Museum where, having discovered the world's earliest dress, she became a specialist in Ancient Egyptian textiles. She then became a Lecturer in Egyptology at UCL's Institute of Archaeology. Following this she moved to the UCL Institute of Education, swapping Egyptology for Education. She currently teaches Egyptology courses at the City Lit, and at Oxford University. She has published widely, including a book Growing Up and Getting Old in Ancient Egypt. She has also excavated in Egypt, including the Valley of the Kings.

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