Bronze bust of an Amazon, 1AD.

This Roman bust, just 14.5cm in height, belongs to the Early Imperial period. One of the ways she is distinguished as an Amazon is by her ‘foreign’ headdress, which represents the difference between the Romans who knew the civilised way to dress, and the non-Romans (the ‘Other’) who would not know of such humanised ways of living. The Amazons originate in Greek mythology, and were an all-female warrior group who fought with one breast exposed, which again served as another reminder of their otherness.