Egyptian Dancer

Egyptian Dancer
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  • Demetre Chiparus Art Deco Bronze Egyptian Dancer
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A superb early 20th Century cold painted gilt and enamelled bronze figure of an attractive female dancer in a stretched pose wearing a scant Egyptian costume, with exceptional detail. A subject from the Dance Halls of Paris highly characteristic of this famous artist. Raised on a marble plinth with frontis plaque, signed D H Chiparus and with Etling foundry mark.

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Art Deco Sculpture by Victor Arwas

Egyptian Dancer

Dancing played a vital role in the lives of the ancient Egyptians. All social classes were exposed to music and dancing. “The laborers worked in rhythmic motion to the sounds of songs and percussion, and street dancers entertained passers by.” (Ancient Egypt, 1) The trf was a dance performed by a pair of men during the Old Kingdom. Dance groups were accessible to perform at dinner parties, banquets, lodging houses, and even religious temples. Some women from wealthy harems were trained in music and dance. They danced for royalty accompanied by female musicians playing on guitars, lyres and harps. However, no well-bred Egyptian would dance in public, because that was the privilege of the lower classes. Wealthy Egyptians kept slaves to entertain at their banquets, and present pleasant diversion to their owners.

Dance Costumes

In the Old Kingdom female dancers wore short men’s skirts or danced naked wearing just a belt around their waist. Some dancers wore long or short transparent garments sometimes completely revealing the right side of their chests. Whereas in the Middle and New kingdoms dancers wore transparent broad long cloaks with tight or loose sleeves. Dancers adorned themselves in brightly decorated collars, bracelets, earrings, and ribbons or garlands on their heads. The dancers also wore cones made of fragranced semi solid fat, used to give out a pleasant perfume as the dancers performed.

The Old and Middle Kingdom women’s hair dress was characterized by “evenly cut and smoothly combed down, divided into two thinner plaits hanging from the shoulders down to the chest and one broad plait covering the upper part of the back.” (Lexova, 59) Female dancers who did not have long hair resorted to wearing wigs styled in the same fashion. The Egyptian male dancers in both the old and middle kingdoms wore the regular men’s dress viz. skirt or an apron with round edges in the front. The dancers of the dwarf dances wore a crown made of reeds or palm fibers woven into the shape of white upper Egyptian crown. For ornaments male dancers wore collars adorned with ties, they also wore chains around their necks, whereas the younger boys wore bracelets on their feet.

 

 

 

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