Egyptian Commoner Girl

Common Egyptian Woman

After experiencing another bout of nostalgia for my pencil-drawing days, I doodled this humble commoner girl from ancient Egypt. As much as the glamour of the Pharaohs and their Queens may allure us, the majority of Egyptians would have lived as rural peasants in villages along the Nile, farming the floodplains to supply food both for themselves and the rest of the country. The woman’s dress here is based on one from various Egyptian tomb paintings, which depict a sheath dress that had a strap over the shoulders but left the breasts exposed.

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