Skip Navigation

 Museum Explorer

Dress and ornament in Ancient Egypt

Most Egyptians could only afford a simple bead necklace, but wealthy people wore magnificent gold and silver jewellery to show how rich they were. Well-off men and women also wore heavy black wigs and lots of make-up.

Everyone wore clothes made of linen from the flax plant, but poorer people had rougher clothing than richer people. As it was so hot, children often did not wear any clothes at all apart from sandals.

A map of Ancient Egypt