Monday, October 29, 2007

King Tut and the World's First Mannequin

The most primitive form of mannequins can be traced back 3000 years to the time of Tutankhamun. More commonly known as "King Tut," this famed Pharoh met an untimely death at the age of 19 and was buried with a wooden torso which archeaologists believe to be the world's first dress form.

King Tut is now on public display in Egypt for the first time since his tomb was discovered 85 years ago by archaeologist Howard Carter. He will then travel to London, eventually passing through the Dallas Museum of Art. Though it is unlikley that the many torsos and talisman he was buried with will accompany him on this journey, but his 3000 year old leathered, weathered, body is proof that those Egyptians thought of everything!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

...yes, we did.
I also thought of you last night when I was in alphabet city and saw a vulgar yet amusing mannequin display--it involved a slutty wooden woman thrusting an umbrella through her fashionable legs. I want to say the name of the store is "New World Order" or something on Ave B?? I'm not sure, but if you're around there some time you should check it out!!!