The fresco above (click the image or title for a larger look) reveals the bust of a girl with a polyptych of four leaves of wax tablets joined by hinges or folds in her left hand and a stylus with which to inscribe the wax in her right, which she puts to her lips in an affected pose of deep thought, almost as though she wanted to think for a second before beginning to write; her hair is kept in place by a delicate gilded hairnet of golden threads typical of the Neronian period [much in the manner of a ancient Greek scribe from Douris copying down lyrics or music]. It is an intentional portrait, intended in this case, with the type of the docta puella (studious girl), to highlight the fact that the girl belongs to a cultured wealthy family.

- Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy
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