Early dwarfs, whose histories were recorded, were sometimes employed as Court Dwarfs. They were owned, exploited, and traded amongst people of the court, and delivered as gifts to fellow kings and queens. Ancient Egypt saw dwarfs as being people with significant sacred associations, so owning a dwarf gave a person high social stature.
Court dwarfs enjoyed their specific placement right next to the royal court. The court dwarfs would surround the king during his public appearances and ceremonies. Because they were so small, the king appeared much larger and visually enhanced his powerful position.
- "Court Dwarf". Ikengainc. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- Adelson, B. (2005). The Lives of Dwarfs. Rutgers University Press.
- 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica
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