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Matidia, marble portrait bust of Trajan's neice, the mother of Empress Sabina, wearing elaborate Antonine hairdo. Roman, 120 CE. London: British Museum.

Matidia, marble portrait bust of Trajan's neice, the mother of Empress Sabina, wearing elaborate Antonine hairdo.

Matidia, marble portrait bust of Trajan's neice, the mother of Empress Sabina, wearing elaborate Antonine hairdo. Roman, 120 CE. London: British Museum.

Matidia, marble portrait bust of Trajan's neice, the mother of Empress Sabina, wearing elaborate Antonine hairdo.

Manilia Helias From the Appian Way, Chiaramonti Gallery, Vatican Trajanic period

Manilia Helias From the Appian Way, Chiaramonti Gallery, Vatican Trajanic period

Roman marble portrait of the empress Livia, wife of Augustus. Dated by the British Museum to ca. 25-1 BCE. The find-spot of the portrait is not certain; the work is probably from Italy.

Roman marble portrait of the empress Livia, wife of Augustus. Dated by the British Museum to ca. The find-spot of the portrait is not certain;

Marble portrait head from a statue of a woman.

Full: Front Marble portrait head from a statue of a woman. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Carved bone hairpin, head in the form of a female bust with elaborate hairstyle. Romano-British, 1st C. Found in London.

Carved bone hairpin, head in the form of a female bust with elaborate hairstyle. Romano-British, C. Found in London.

Rock Crystal Dice    1st-2nd Century AD    Roman Imperial Period    (Source: The British Museum)

Rock crystal dice, marked one to six. A Roman rock crystal die (British Museum)

This hairpin made of bone is topped by the carved head of a woman with an elaborate hairstyle, while this one bears an inscription and originally showed the heads of a couple (the woman's head has broken off). Women also wore hairnets made of finely woven gold wires; this gold hairnet from Rome mirrors the hairnet shown on this Pompeian fresco portrait of a girl (often mistakenly labelled “Sappho”).

This hairpin made of bone is topped by the carved head of a woman with an elaborate hairstyle, while this one bears an inscription and originally showed the heads of a couple (the woman's head has broken off). Women also wore hairnets made of finely woven gold wires; this gold hairnet from Rome mirrors the hairnet shown on this Pompeian fresco portrait of a girl (often mistakenly labelled “Sappho”).

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