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Earliest Egypt

A History of Egypt from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905), Chapter III, pp. 25-50

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the rudiments of civilization. The men wore a skin over the shoulders, sometimes skin drawers,and again only a short white linen kilt; while the women were clothed in long garments of some textile, probably linen, reaching from the shoulders to the ankles. Statuettes of both sexes without clothing what-ever are, however, very common. Sandals were not unknown. They occasionally tattooed their bodies, and they also wrought ornaments such as rings, bracelets and pendants of stone, ivory and bone; with beads of flint, quartz, carnelian, agate and the like. The women dressed their hair with ornamented ivory combs and pins. For the eye- and face-paint necessary for the toilet, they had palettes of carved slate on which the green colour was ground. They were able to build dwellings of wattle,sometimes smeared with mud, and probably later of sun-dried

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