Osterby Man. Mummified head of Osterby Man, a "bog body" dated between 70-220 AD. His well-preserved hair is tied in a Swabian knot. This severed head was discovered in 1948 wrapped in a deerskin cape in a bog at Kohlmoor near Osterby, Germany. This elderly man had 25 cm long hair. The hairstyle, a Swabian knot, named after the male coiffure of the period in that part of Germany, was described by the Roman author Tacitus in his book Germania (98 AD).
thelastdiadoch: The Suebian Knot and the Osterby ManThe Osterby manRadiocarbon dated to 75-130 AD, maybe even as late as 220 ADDiscovered on the 28th of May, 1948.Kohlmoor near Osterby, Germany by Otto and Max MüllerAfter finding the head wrapped in deer skin they began searching for the body but found nothing. This lead to the belief that the head alone was deposited into the bog. According to the Gottorp Museum, that the Osterby man was about 50-60 years old. The hair was originally blon...
The Suebian knot is a hair style associated with Germanic peoples during the iron age. Many bog bodies recovered in what is now Denmark and northern Germany display this distinct hairstyle. Tacitus in his work "Germania" also describes this knot, and associates it particularly with the tribe called Suebi. The Suebi gave their name to modern day Swabia. -DK #hairstyle #germanic
Braided with a flourish, the hair on Osterby Man, a body dug from a bog in northern Germany, is wound in an Iron Age style called a Swabian knot. Tacitus, a Roman historian, wrote that free men belonging to a group called the Suevians wore their hair like this and that young warriors from other Germanic tribes copied the style. “They thus dress when proceeding to war," wrote Tacitus, “and deck their heads so as to add to their height and terror in the eyes of the enemy.”
The Osterby head with Suebian Knot - knot dates back 2,000 years - Suebian warriors combed their hair back or sideways and tied it into a knot, allegedly with the purpose of appearing taller and more awe-inspiring on the battlefield.... it was also a status symbol to distinguish the free men from the slaves...