Egyptian History fun for Belly Dancers! – Nail Polish

Well, it’s no wonder Belly dancers that have a thing for nail polish – it seems the Egyptians have been doing it for millennia!

Cleopatra Dendera

Cleopatra and her son Caesarion – relief at the Dendera temple Egypt – by Jade

Nefertiti

Wish Nefertiti was showing her finger nails!

Apparently the tradition of polished nails came from the Chinese in 3000BC. The Ancient Egyptians also liked to colour their nails – often with Henna. Cleopatra painted her nails red as did all Egyptian Royalty and was apparently most fond of a deep red. While the famous beauty Nefertiti preferred a brighter ruby red. But it was not just the gals. Military commanders would paint their nails in the queen’s favourite colour to show loyalty!!

Julia Gillard

Aust. Prime Minister Julia Gillard usually wears clear polish but here she is sporting a brownish hue.

It would be weird if that was still done today. Australian PM Julia Gillard normally sports a clear polish but here she is with a coloured nail polish. So I started wondering who is the head of the Australian Army and what would it look like if he followed the Ancient Egyptian practice of showing his loyalty. Unfortunately there are not too many photos of him showing his hands but I found one .. applied a little photoshop and we can see (just)…. he he he 🙂 Found a better one and had to add it – because I am silly! (For the record – all pictures of the army chief look extremely manly and he is not wearing any polish I could see.) Also, kilt wearing Scottish soldiers used to wear ladies stockings in trench warfare to protect themselves from gas attacks – not at all belly dance related but seeing tough soldiers in nail polish just kind of reminded me of it. 😉

“Damn it! if I knew I was meeting the army chief today I would have painted my nails to match” – thinks this soldier.

D Morrison

‘Like your nails, I wish Obama wore nail polish too’ says US Secretary of the Army John McHugh, meetings with Australian Chief of Army LTGEN David Morrison AO

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ananke
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 12:01:36

    Cute article! I like that red is the traditional color for Egyptian royalty, since it’s what I ask my students to wear for performances. Sharing this with my Twitter followers.

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