Saturday, 12 September 2015

Bible clothes

Life would be soooooo much easier for poor biblical illustrators if historical people wore jeans and long-sleeved t-shirts (they follow the shapes of arms and legs, but are loose enough to conceal the muscles, and can even be simplified to tubes, if that fits your style), preferably with trainers (which cover the feet with a chunky and simple shape).

Instead we're stuck with this sort of stuff:

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Both from synagogue at Dura  Europos (slightly later than NT times - the long sleeves were not in fashion in the 1st century - instead they wore a baggy poncho-like tunic belted at the waist, making it even more difficult)


Neilmcallister said...

What is the first picture of - is it Pharaoh's daughter finding Moses? If so, what idea did _they_ have of historical accuracy? Are they "modern" clothes, an attempt at accurate representation, or their idea of "what everyone wore in bible times (i.e. tea towels and dressing gowns)?

Kirsty said...

Yes, I believe it's Moses.

I think they're 'modern' clothes - certainly garments like that were worn around the beginning of AD. Which we know because they've been found.

An amusing point. The women have a little L shape on their cloaks, while the men have a notched stripe. (The clothes found in the Israeli desert and on Egyptian coffins also have this). However, by the 5th century AD, Christian artists were drawing people in 'Bible clothes', based on earlier Jewish illustrations. They gave everyone the L shape, not realising it was only used in women's clothes!

I can't for the life of me figure out the drapery of the women's sari-type cloak. I do attempt to draw it, but I know it's not accurate.