Saturday, September 9, 2006

Excavated Roman Bikini




















Since I've covered depictions of ancient bikinis, I thought I might as well cover this garment that was excavated in London of all places, and is now in the Museum of London. It's made of leather and dates from the first century AD. The 'bikinis' worn in the Piazza Armerina mosaic look more like pieces of cloth wrapped around the women; the London bikini with it's ties looks more like a modern string bikini. Given that London tends not to be bikini-friendly, it has been ascribed to a dancer or acrobat.

Next week: Roman thermal underwear.

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