Amphorae were pottery vessels created to hold and transport goods in the Greek and Roman world; some were even highly decorative and given as prizes, or used to hold the ashes of the dead. Join me as I delve into the vessels of history...
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March 12th, a week from today, marks the two year anniversary of this blog. I've had so much fun sharing tidbits of history and stories of interest with all of you, and have learned so much from my readers in turn. Thank you to everyone for reading, and especially for your comments!
What is a celebration without presents, though? I have a gift for one lucky visitor if you leave a comment on any post between now and next Monday. The winner will be chosen by a randomly-generated number, and yes, this goes for those who live outside of the USA as well. I will try my best to ship anywhere. What is this fabulous present you ask? A copy of Royaltys Strangest Characters. This book has been on my wishlist for a while, and I think we'd both enjoy it.
In keeping with my last post on Italian Renaissance costume I thought we would take a look at something we didn't touch much on; hairstyles. They were extremely varying; up and down, braided, netted, entwined with silks and ribbons, even pearls, and, of course, dyed, bleached, and curled. The only thing in somewhat short supply seems to be hats, and really who would want to cover up what you had spent so much time constructing?
Occasionally a small cap, or scuffia, was worn either with side curls, or with most of the hair stuffed up underneathe:-
Another notable hair decoration was the reta, or hairnet. Some of these were beaded, some woven in decorative patterns, and some left very simple.
Under and around these ornamentations, or even without them, hair was often braided or crimped. There was the simple modesty of a veil, if you felt the need to cover up... Or, if blending into the background wasn't your thing, there were big turbans, or simply huge ones.
As someone who wakes up during the night feeling frustratingly refreshed...and then struggles to rise in the morning, I found this article to be a kind of vindication. Apparently the way we sleep has changed. For more information you can visit the link here.