6/01/2008

Hairdo of the week - Greek unmarried women around 530 BC

























This is not two angles of the same statue, but it is back and front of two statues showing the same motif, from the same place and the same time.

This is two examples of 'Kore'-statues, a common motif in Archaic Greece, showing a young, maiden girl, and these two both date to circa 530 B.C. They have some differences, but at the same time they also show great similarities that says quite a lot about the ideals of the time, and what the hair on a (probably) unmarried girl would have looked like it.

The most striking thing about both these figures is the curls. They are rather slim and hang loose on the woman's back. The hair is long and compared to later statues the waves could indicate that the hair was curled in some way - but the very even look of the waves could also be due to artistic freedom. Even the fringe is curly on the second statue. The first one does not have a fringe at all.

The ears are exposed and not hidden away by the hair and it would appear that you could use some kind of head-band to keep the hair at least somewhat in place.

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