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Old December 27th, 2017, 12:26 AM   #1
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Question HELP - visual references for Aksum and Mogadishu

I hope someone could help me with this.
I'm working on 2 historic illustrations (with emphasis on everyday life) which require heavy dose of references. Namely:
- Aksum empire, 4th century (or close), street scene in capital
- Mogadishu port, 10th century (or close)
I need clothes, hairstyles, footwear, architecture, merchant ships (for Mogadishu) etc.
I've tried to "googled it" and search on various sites (Look and Learn site for example) but visual information is very scarce.
The client is not extremely demanding regarding authenticity but I would like to avoid improvisations, if I can.

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Old December 27th, 2017, 09:10 AM   #2

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For Aksum, probably would be similar to these later coptic tunics:

Also probably shawls, skullcaps. staves.


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Old December 27th, 2017, 11:35 AM   #3

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I would follow the path of the kings of Axum. They issued coins ...


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I would say that the aspect didn't change after the conversion.
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Old December 31st, 2017, 02:47 AM   #4
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Thanks guys!

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Old December 31st, 2017, 02:00 PM   #5

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I found this site on the maritime history of Somalia if it helps
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