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"Unveiling the Art of Disguise: From Tutankhamun's Gold Mask to Carnival Revelry" Step into the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt

Background imageDisguise Collection: Gold mask of Tutankhamun, Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Gold mask of Tutankhamun, Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Background imageDisguise Collection: WW1 - German Espionage - in disguise as a woman

WW1 - German Espionage - in disguise as a woman
WW1 - The Little German Maid - German Espionage - a German soldier prepares to get into disguise as a woman in order to infiltrate an approaching band of allied cavalry troops. Date: 1915

Background imageDisguise Collection: Native American Indian Buffalo Hunt Under the White Wolf Ski

Native American Indian Buffalo Hunt Under the White Wolf Skin. An Indian stratagem on the level prairies. Date: ca. 1858

Background imageDisguise Collection: Sir Richard Burton in India, 1800s

Sir Richard Burton in India, 1800s
British explorer Richard Burton in native Indian dress, 1848. Hand-colored half tone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDisguise Collection: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Communist leader in disguise

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Communist leader in disguise
A photograph of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin (1870 - 1924), Communist leader in disguise, August 1917

Background imageDisguise Collection: Carnival of Basel (Basler Fasnacht), Basel, Canton of Basel City, Switzerland, Europe

Carnival of Basel (Basler Fasnacht), Basel, Canton of Basel City, Switzerland, Europe

Background imageDisguise Collection: WW1 - Aircraft Carrier - HMS Argus - Camouflaged

WW1 - Aircraft Carrier - HMS Argus - Camouflaged - served in Royal Navy 1918-1944. Converted from an Ocean Liner under cnstruction at the start of WW1. Date: circa 1918

Background imageDisguise Collection: Carnival Venice Italy Masked Costumes

Carnival Venice Italy Masked Costumes

Background imageDisguise Collection: Costume and masks during Venice Carnival, Venice, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Costume and masks during Venice Carnival, Venice, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Background imageDisguise Collection: Carnival in Venice by C. H. Shepard

Carnival in Venice by C. H. Shepard
Glowing and colourful scene showing various masked revellers enjoying the Carnival in Venice

Background imageDisguise Collection: Cid Officers Sunday Best

Cid Officers Sunday Best
C.I.D officers (who can be seen in disguise as dockers in the other picture in this set) sit proudly in their Sunday best, no longer sporting fake hands and eye-patches!

Background imageDisguise Collection: Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America

Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America
Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, North America

Background imageDisguise Collection: WW1 - German anti-British propaganda postcard

WW1 - German anti-British propaganda postcard - Caught and Trapped - a duplicitous British Army Officer is captured by the forces of the Central Powers trying to smuggle a machine gun to his men

Background imageDisguise Collection: Wolf-skins disguising Native American hunters

Wolf-skins disguising Native American hunters
Native Americans in wolf skins stalking buffalo. Hand-colored woodcut of a 20th century illustration

Background imageDisguise Collection: Arrested by an undercover police officer

Arrested by an undercover police officer
An undercover female police officer springs her Honey Trap on an unsuspecting criminal, who goes from a jolly evening with a fetching lady to staring down the barrel of a revolver!

Background imageDisguise Collection: Mask at Venice Carnival, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Mask at Venice Carnival, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Background imageDisguise Collection: A supposed Holy man dressed as Hanuman

A supposed Holy man dressed as Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, posing for photographs, Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

Background imageDisguise Collection: Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood
The wicked wolf disguises himself as Red Riding Hoods grandmother and asks her to get into bed with him

Background imageDisguise Collection: Bleak House

Bleak House
Vintage engraving from the works of Charles Dickens. From Bleak House. I m Fly, says Jo. But Fen larksm you know. Stow hooking it!

Background imageDisguise Collection: Italian soldier in white camouflage, WWI

Italian soldier in white camouflage, WWI
Camouflage or protective colouring - an Italian soldier during the First World War in white dress rendering him difficult to spot in snowy conditions. 1918

Background imageDisguise Collection: Illustration of a fox dressed in suit and top hat

Illustration of a fox dressed in suit and top hat

Background imageDisguise Collection: Sir Richard Burton en route to Mecca, 1850s

Sir Richard Burton en route to Mecca, 1850s
British explorer Richard Burton disguised as a Muslim pilgrim in Arabia. Color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDisguise Collection: Carnival Venice Italy Masked Costumes

Carnival Venice Italy Masked Costumes

Background imageDisguise Collection: Olive Malvery serving in a sweet shop

Olive Malvery serving in a sweet shop
In the early 1900s, Olive Malvery, an established singer and reciter of verse, became known for her investigative reports of Londons poor, especially women

Background imageDisguise Collection: Saint Michael

Saint Michael
The archangel MICHAEL, with one of his companions, slay a pair of dragons who are, of course, demons in disguise. Michael slew quite a number of such dragons in his day

Background imageDisguise Collection: Odysseus Slays Suitors

Odysseus Slays Suitors
Throwing off his disguise and stringing his bow, which none of the men could string, Odysseus (Ulysses) kills the Suitors of his wife Penelope, at Ithaca

Background imageDisguise Collection: Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Background imageDisguise Collection: Scene from Shakespeares Twelfth Night

Scene from Shakespeares Twelfth Night
A scene from Shakespeares comedy, Twelfth Night, in which Sir Toby Belch encourages the reluctant duellists, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and the page Cesario (Viola disguised)

Background imageDisguise Collection: Alfred being scolded for burning the cakes (colour litho)

Alfred being scolded for burning the cakes (colour litho)
STC308522 Alfred being scolded for burning the cakes (colour litho) by Michael, Arthur C. (d.1945) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Alfred the Great (849-99)

Background imageDisguise Collection: Athena guiding Telemachus in his search for Odysseus (colour litho)

Athena guiding Telemachus in his search for Odysseus (colour litho)
7201988 Athena guiding Telemachus in his search for Odysseus (colour litho) by Bonamy, Armand Joseph (fl.1900-30); Private Collection; (add.info.: Athena, disguised as Mentor)

Background imageDisguise Collection: Flight of Matilda from Oxford Castle, illustration from Cassell

Flight of Matilda from Oxford Castle, illustration from Cassell
STC385231 Flight of Matilda from Oxford Castle, illustration from Cassells Illustrated History of England (engraving) (sepia photo) by Ricketts

Background imageDisguise Collection: Sher. Holmes in Disguise

Sher. Holmes in Disguise
THE FINAL PROBLEM Holmes travels disguised as a Catholic priest. Date: First published: 1893

Background imageDisguise Collection: Underwater diver and corals

Underwater diver and corals, Cozumel Island, Mexico

Background imageDisguise Collection: Scene from Shakespeares Cymbeline

Scene from Shakespeares Cymbeline
A scene from shakespeares Cymbeline, in which Imogen, dressed as a boy, has found a hut in the forest and, being hungry, has eaten some food

Background imageDisguise Collection: Danae, 1891 (oil on canvas)

Danae, 1891 (oil on canvas)
XIR168139 Danae, 1891 (oil on canvas) by Chantron, Alexandre-Jacques (1842-1918); Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France; (add.info)

Background imageDisguise Collection: Person Wearing A Ghost Costume, Made Out Of A White Sheet With Two Holes In It

Person Wearing A Ghost Costume, Made Out Of A White Sheet With Two Holes In It
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1960s: Person Wearing A Ghost Costume, Made Out Of A White Sheet With Two Holes In It. Highlights Are On The Sheet, The Background Is Pitch Black

Background imageDisguise Collection: The Avengers Series 4: Honey for the Prince

The Avengers Series 4: Honey for the Prince

Background imageDisguise Collection: Vertumnus and Pomona, 1637. Creator: Caesar Boëtius van Everdingen

Vertumnus and Pomona, 1637. Creator: Caesar Boëtius van Everdingen
Vertumnus and Pomona, 1637

Background imageDisguise Collection: 'Autolycus', by C.R. Leslie, from the National Collection in the South Kensington Museum, 1865

"Autolycus", by C.R. Leslie, from the National Collection in the South Kensington Museum, 1865. Engraving of a painting, scene...from "The Winter's Tale, " act iv

Background imageDisguise Collection: Book Cafe

Book Cafe
Jukyong Park

Background imageDisguise Collection: A pirate prepares for ambush, mid 19th century (coloured engraving)

A pirate prepares for ambush, mid 19th century (coloured engraving)
7339198 A pirate prepares for ambush, mid 19th century (coloured engraving) by Debelle, Alexandre (1805-97) (after); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: A)

Background imageDisguise Collection: John Lombeof Derby, 1888

John Lombeof Derby, 1888
3480208 John Lombeof Derby, 1888; (add.info.: John Lombeof Derby (1693-1722), disguised as a poor out of work young man, secretly making drawings of the machinery in the Leghorn silk mills where he

Background imageDisguise Collection: Richard I, Coeur de Lion, (1157-1199) landing at Sandwich, Kent, 14 March 1194. Wood engraving c1880

Richard I, Coeur de Lion, (1157-1199) landing at Sandwich, Kent, 14 March 1194. Wood engraving c1880
538361 Richard I, Coeur de Lion, (1157-1199) landing at Sandwich, Kent, 14 March 1194. Wood engraving c1880.; (add.info.: Richard, son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine)

Background imageDisguise Collection: The geese keeper. circa 1910 (engraving)

The geese keeper. circa 1910 (engraving)
6437799 The geese keeper. circa 1910 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Litterature. Tales of fees. The geese keeper, (the little goose keeper, tale of the Brothers Grimm)

Background imageDisguise Collection: Pirates dressed in women's clothing attempt to decoy a merchant ship

Pirates dressed in women's clothing attempt to decoy a merchant ship, 19th century (coloured engraving)
7337501 Pirates dressed in women's clothing attempt to decoy a merchant ship, 19th century (coloured engraving) by Biard, Francois Auguste (1798-1882); 45.4x62 cm; National Maritime Museum

Background imageDisguise Collection: Arrest of a tall French lady in Paris, supposed to be a Uhlan in disguise (engraving)

Arrest of a tall French lady in Paris, supposed to be a Uhlan in disguise (engraving)
8643263 Arrest of a tall French lady in Paris, supposed to be a Uhlan in disguise (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Arrest of a tall French lady in Paris)

Background imageDisguise Collection: Achilles disguised as a schoolgirl discovered by Ulysses (colour litho)

Achilles disguised as a schoolgirl discovered by Ulysses (colour litho)
8626444 Achilles disguised as a schoolgirl discovered by Ulysses (colour litho) by MacEwen, Walter (1860-1943); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDisguise Collection: Human invention anticipated: Disguise (engraving)

Human invention anticipated: Disguise (engraving)
8658023 Human invention anticipated: Disguise (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Disguise)




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"Unveiling the Art of Disguise: From Tutankhamun's Gold Mask to Carnival Revelry" Step into the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, and marvel at the exquisite gold mask of Tutankhamun. This ancient artifact reveals not only a symbol of power but also a clever disguise that concealed the young pharaoh's true identity. Traveling back in time to WW1, we uncover tales of German espionage where agents went undercover as women to gather crucial information. These daring disguises blurred gender lines and challenged conventional notions of warfare. Venturing across continents, witness Native American Indians engaging in a buffalo hunt under the watchful eye of White Wolf Ski. Their elaborate costumes blend seamlessly with nature, enabling them to approach their prey undetected. In colonial India during the 1800s, Sir Richard Burton donned various disguises as he immersed himself in local cultures. His ability to adopt different personas allowed him unparalleled access and insights into this vibrant land. Even Communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin understood the power of disguise. Hiding his true intentions behind an inconspicuous facade enabled him to navigate treacherous political landscapes while spreading his revolutionary ideals. The Carnival of Basel in Switzerland takes us on a journey through Europe's rich tradition of masked revelry. Colorful costumes conceal identities as people lose themselves in joyous celebrations that transcend social boundaries. Venice's UNESCO World Heritage Site comes alive during its famed carnival season. Elaborate masks transform ordinary individuals into enchanting characters straight out of fairy tales – an ode to centuries-old traditions steeped in mystery and allure. Illustrator C. H. Shepard captures the essence of Venice's carnival spirit with whimsical depictions that transport viewers into a world where reality intertwines with fantasy beneath intricately designed masks. Meanwhile, CID officers proudly display their "Sunday best, " showcasing how even law enforcement personnel embrace disguise for ceremonial purposes or blending seamlessly into diverse communities they serve.