Hair in the Classical World
There’s been no other exhibition like it in the U.S. At Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum of Art, through December 18, 2016 “Hair in the Classical World” takes its viewers on a journey through ancient Greece, Cyprus, and Rome. The 33 sculptures, coins, and hair-styling tools depict the role of hair from the Bronze Age to late Antiquity (1500 BCE to 600 CE).
Whether cut, shorn, curled, straightened, braided, beaded, or adorned with pins, combs, bows, or garlands, hair has the power to reflect social norms. In ancient cultures, not only did hairstyles and their depictions signal wealth and social status, or divine and mythological iconography; they were also tied to rites of passage and religious rituals.