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Girl with Stylus and Tablets - Sappho from Pompeii

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Before it was destroyed by Vesuvius, in 79 AD, Pompeii featured many frescoes on the walls of its homes and buildings. This image depicts one of those frescoes.

Referred to as “Sappho,” the fresco was likely created around 50 AD. Today it is maintained by the National Archaeological Museum of Naples (Inventory number 9084).

We see a young woman holding a stylus which people used for writing on wax tablets. She is also holding a wax tablet.

She has adorned her hair with a net, likely made of golden threads, which was fashionable during the period when Nero was emperor of Rome.

The fresco was uncovered, in 1760, during Pompeii’s excavations. Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Image online, courtesy the Fun Science Gallery website.

 

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