This long pin was designed to decorate a hairstyle like the one depicted on its carved head. Fashionable women throughout the Roman world copied the clothing and hairstyles of the Imperial court. During the Flavian dynasty (AD 69-96) elaborate styles with high fronts of false curls were fashionable. They were secured and embellished with a row of pins like this one. The ornamental heads of the pins projected above the hair. They were made of various materials, but bone was a common and inexpensive choice. This example may well have been made in a workshop in Roman London, as there is one of almost identical appearance from London (now in the Museum of London).