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Roman fresco of woman with perfume

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This fresco is a replica of a Roman original from the 1st century AD. This fresco depicts a moment from the daily life of a Roman lady. Around the 1st century AD, women were more often depicted in a natural way and in their own environment in an art style called the second Pompeian style. The lady on this fresco is clearly part of the higher class. The lady wears expensive garments that are possibly made of Indian silk. She wears her hair in a complicated style after the latest Roman fashion, with her long hair wrapped around her head in a braid. Jewels and a garland are woven into her hairdo. To style her hair into this model, several slaves have worked for several hours. The lady wears earrings and bracelets, and on her feet she wears typical sandals that were worn all over Europe since the Iron Age. She decants perfume from a larger bottle in a small balsamarium, which she is going to use and can easily carry with her.

This fresco is completely hand-painted. It measures 25 x 20 cm and is made on a 5 cm thick tablet. It can easily be displayed or hung to a wall.

Many Roman women often used perfume and cosmetics. They were stored in balsamaria as they are depicted on this fresco and they are often found in archaeological excavations. They could be made of both alabaster or glass. Making perfume was a true art and for instance the city of Cologne was well-known for its perfum industry. According to the Roman author Plinius, perfume was just a waste; jewels, at least, could be handed down to the next of kin. Nevertheless, nowadays we still use the scented water from Cologne. Roman perfume mainly consisted of an infusion of flowers like roses, violets, lavendar, jasmin, lemon and fruits. They were more often combined with oils instead of alcohol.

Although the woman officially fulfilled a subservient role in the Roman empire, she was a central figure in society. The woman was the manager of the household, which could consist of dozens of employees or slaves in a Roman villa. Unoficially, they were advisors, even emperor August frequently consulted his wife Livia. The woman also represented the family.

Product details:
Size: 25x20x5 cm;
Mounting: wall mount;
Material: gypsum alabaster;
Suitable for outside use: No;
Suitable for painting: No;
Weight: 1000g;
Based on a historic original: Yes;
Transport weight: 4000 *

This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.

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