- Suebian knot
The Suebian knot ( _de. Suebenknoten) is a historical male
hairstyleascribed to the tribe of the Suebi. The knot is attested by Tacitusin his 1st century CE work "Germania", found on art by and depictions of the Germanic peoples, and worn by bog bodies.
According to "Germania" by
Tacitus, the 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. Tacitus also reports that the fashion had spread to neighboring Germanic tribes among the younger warriors, while among the Suebians, the knot was sported even by old men as a status symbol, which "distinguishes the freeman from the slave", with the most artful knots worn by the noble.
Suebian knots were found to be worn by the bog bodies of
Osterbyand Dätgen, towns near Rendsburg-Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. In 2000, near Lębork, Pomerania, on the Polish Baltic Seacoast, a bronze kettle was found depicting males wearing the Suebian knot hairstyle. [M. Macynska, D. Rudnicka, Abstract: A grave with Roman imports from Czarnówko, Lęborkdistrict, Pomerania, Poland [http://www.dainst.org/medien/de/Germania_82-2.pdf] ]
Historical depictions are found on the
Trajan column, the cauldron of Musov, the Tropaeum Traianirelief, and a bronze sculpture of a kneeling German in the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
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