9/03/2008

Hair-do of the week - Staia Quinta, first century AD

This marble bust from the first century AD was found in the Diana sanctuary in Nemi, south of Rome. Her name is Staia Quinta and she is a freed-woman of a man who's first name was Lucius, and who might have been Lucius Aninius Rufus. This former slave shows off a quite elaborate hair-style which definitely shows the fashion of the day.

The hair-do is very symmetrical, both in front and back. At the top of the head the hair is parted and in waves it continues to the temples where the hair is curled - Romans had a thing for curling hair and it is a quite common theme. These curls make a frame around the face and down to the neck.

When viewed from the back the hair-do turns out even more complex. The curls, falling from even rows of waves from the top of the head, cover most of the lower part of the head. But the woman has obviously longer hair than that and the excess was caught in two braids at the back of the neck, perfectly symmetrical and hanging down to the edge of her clothing.

The photos are taken by me - do not use without permission.

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