Roman pins were probably used to facilitate the elaborate female hairstyles of the period. The hair would have to be twisted and coiled, to prevent the smooth pin from falling out. Examples of hair pins have been found in a wide array of materials, such as bone, bronze, glass, and stone. Most were decorative in design, occasionally boasting ornate figurative heads in the shape of animals, plants, or people.
Ancient Roman Bone Hair Pin
A Roman hair pin made of bone, with ribbed collar and bearded male bust, possibly of Jupiter (Zeus to the Greeks) wearing a solar crown. The shaft is cylindrical and tapers to a point for easy insertion into the hair.
Provenance: Property of a North London gentleman; previously in a private collection formed in the 1990s.
Condition: Fine condition.