Sappho fresco (from Pompeii)  

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The so-called Sappho[1][2] is a fourth style fresco from Pompeii found in Region VI of the Insula occidentalis. It depicts a young woman shown with a stylus, a pen that is used to enscribe writing on the wax tablets. She is holding the stylus with her right hand, the other end of which is touching her lips, giving her a pensive air. The net in her hair is made of golden threads and typical for the fashion of the Neronian period.

Italian description

Tondo di Donna con tavolette cerate e stilo (cosiddetta "Saffo"), Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (inv. nr. 9084). Affresco romano, del 50 circa, da Pompeii (VI, Insula Occidentalis) - Rinvenuto nel 1760, è uno degli affreschi più noti ed amati, comunemente detto Saffo. Ritrae in realtà una fanciulla dell'alta società pompeiana, riccamente agghindata con una retina d'oro sui capelli e grandi orecchini d'oro; essa porta lo stilo alla bocca e tiene in mano le tavolette cerate, notoriamente documenti contabili che dunque nulla hanno a che vedere con la poesia e ancor meno con la famosa scrittrice greca.

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