Amy Calvert is tackling the ambiguous red-looped sash component of regal accoutrements in this post, accompanied by lots of photographs.
Is the red looped sash worn at the king’s waist simply an elaborate tie used to hold up the royal kilt, or does it have an inherent significance? If it did carry meaning, what made it appropriate for particular contexts but not for others? The Art of Counting Team believes that it does have meaning, and has the data to back it up. This is the first of four articles that will explore the red looped sash.
Due to the length and complexity of this discussion, this information will presented as multiple posts. We will begin with a brief examination of the general use of sashes in ancient Egypt, the significance suggested by some previous research on the looped sash, and the appearances of this regalia element in royal Ramesside tombs. The second post will focus on the significance of the color red in Ancient Egypt, the third installment will explore the meaning of the looped sash as royal regalia, and the final article will examine the appearances of the looped sash at Medinet Habu and outline what those appearances reveal about its usage.