Rome - Julio Claudian by Tadarida He's clean shaved and wears his hair short. Apart from some controversial philosophers and Greeks, all proper Romans visited the barber daily. Actually, since Alexander the Great, they had hair only on their heads. Woman's wearing stolla in tyrian purple, it was the most expensive pigment back then. On her head she has a flower chain. They were very popular in ancient Rome and had many functions (bringing luck, allowing the wearer to drink more alcohol etc.)
This is a fabulous ancient Roman intaglio of Roma, dating to the 1st century B.C. - A.D. The gem is beautifully cut on a dark sard gemstone, mottled through thousands of years of burial. Originally this gem would have looked deep red, but time has given it some extra character. The subject is Roma, seated holding victory in her hands. Beside her rests her shield, she has a spear leaning back with a sword hanging at her side. She wears a crested helmet...