Bronze female dancer, Rome, 200-27 BC

Bronze female dancer, Rome, 200-27 BC
Dating:200 BC–27 BC
Origin:Roman World, Western Roman World, Rome
Physical:14.4cm. (5.6 in.) -

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  This bronze statuette represents a female dancer from the time of the Roman Republic, probably between 200 and 27 BC. The flutter of her draping highlights delicately the gentle grace and fluid motion of this young woman as she spins to music that filled the air two thousand years ago.

The woman’s hairstyle gives us a clue to its time period within Roman history: “Women’s hairdos were very simple at [the time of the Republic]: parted in the middle, they were gathered at the nape. . . in Augustus’ time the hair styles became more elaborate, and reached their maximum complexity during the Flavian period during which they became monumental montages of locks” (Liberati and Bourbon 1996:85).

Bibliography (for this item)

Liberati, Anna-Maria, and Fabio Bourbon
1996 La Rome Antique. Une Civilisation qui a conquis le monde (Edition Originale 1996, by White Star, srl Vercelli, “Roma Antica, storia di una Civiltà que conquistò il mundo”). Librairie Gründ, Paris. (pg. 85)

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