There was a strong Egyptian influence in the 19th century with the translation of the Rosetta stone, all the English and European Egyptologist and their rich discoveries, the Egyptian obelisk erected alongside the Thames, and the quaint mummy unwrapping parties. Egypt even influenced Victorian clothing, furniture and furnishings. In turn, there no question aspects of the Steampunk culture have been influenced by ancient Egypt. In the entertainment field Steampunk belly dancing is on the rise. Since the top Steampunk Band, Abney Park incorporated belly dancing into its live shows, many of these dancers have been inspired to go steampunk adding googles, corsets and pantaloons to their costumes. 

In the area of interior design, Nethercraft offers an incredible collection of fabulous Egyptian walls The Egyptian- Steampunk movement has even invaded fashion with Costume Designer, Iris Bainum-Houle’s collection, clearly influenced by both the garments of ancient Egypt and Victorian England. 

For glasses, tea spoons, and t-shirts sporting Egyptian Steampunk, the Anubis-Absinthe products at fit the bill. 

Egyptian Steampunk has even found its way into weddings as in this online example of a couple who included Victoriana and hand painted scarab favors into their special day. View this special wedding at and at 

One thing that stands out in Steampunk fiction is fresh, settings and alternate history so the Egyptian influence fits in so well. Some examples I recommend are The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers, a non-stop, breathtaking, time spanning, haunting adventure by one of the masters of Steampunk and The Osiris Ritual by George Mann a rich, riveting mystery which includes a Victorian mummy unwrapping party.

As Timeless as Stone is another example of Egyptian Steampunk in fiction as its trailer illustrates:


For children the Theodosia series of books have a wonderful Egyptian Steampunk flavor by R L. LaFevers. Theodosia Throckmorton lives in the early part of the 20th century in London, her father is the head curator at the museum of Legends and Antquites and her mother is an egyptologist. Theo as her family and friends call her has an unusal gift for for detecting and riding relics of ancient spells, evil curses, and black magic. For more on this fantastic series visit.

I am working on a Steampunk Costume with Egyptian influence and many steampunk fans have gone the Egyptologist route, for example The Steampunk Emporium has a complete outfit available for an Egyptian Expeditionist at

Whether you are game for belly dancing in a corset or rather you just want to quietly read a good Egyptian Steampunk book the mix of Egyptology and Steampunk go together quite well.

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Comment by Stephen Swartz on September 1, 2011 at 7:34pm

Belly dancing in a corset! Capital idea! Would love so much to witness that entertainment!

(Yes, not only Egypt but India, China, and so on, a period of Orientalism, fascination with the unfamiliar civilizations. Fabulous world in which to set an adventure tale.)


Comment by Maeve Alpin on September 2, 2011 at 10:05pm

Thank you so much for commenting I know there are at least two youtube videoes of belly dancing in corsets and

I totally agree. I would love to read a Stempunk/Romance set in India or China.

Comment by Stephen Swartz on September 3, 2011 at 9:20am
Interesting! I understand the desirability of a bit of jiggle in belly dancing, hence most dancers I have seen could "pinch an inch" or more. The corset would seem to counter that effect, however. I worry, too, the corset may restrict the dancer's breathing, an especially dire situation in such an arduous endeavor. Thanks, always, for your links.


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