Friday, March 31, 2006

Still has her makeup on even after 2,000 years

A roman statue was found with the paint still on, a rarity after all these years:



This painted eye was found on a painted marble bust was found near Herculaneum's Basilica, or law courts. It's a rare example of a decorated Roman bust; most marble busts that had been painted were cleaned upon excavation.

The marble head of an Amazon warrior woman has emerged from Vesuvius' volcanic rock with her make up still on, archaeologists announced this week.

Buried by the eruption that nearly 2,000 years ago covered Pompeii and the nearby towns of Herculaneum and Stabiae with nine to 20 feet of hot ash and pumice, the painted marble bust was found in a collapsed escarpment near Herculaneum's Basilica.

The newly found Amazon head belonged to a group of sculptures which adorned the Basilica, or the law courts.

Almost entirely destroyed by an earthquake 17 years before the eruption, the Basilica was rebuilt by proconsul Marcus Nonius Balbus. Statues of his family decorated the building.

Unearthed in the 18th century, when the entire town of Herculaneum was discovered by chance during the construction of a well, the statues were washed in the subsequent restoration and lost their coloring.

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Blogger The Queen said...

Robert,
This is awesome... where did you find it? And where did you hear about this archaeological finding? Can you tell me?

My work incorporates using the Amazons as an archetype for women and leadership.. so in a search for another image, I stumbled onto your blog.

Hopefully you can enlighten me.

Any chance you can contact me about it?

Thanks!
Ms. Kyle King

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