from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, a simple form of female head-dress, consisting of a net, or a light cloth or kerchief, so placed about the head as to inclose the hair completely and almost without folds, and projecting behind in a graceful curve.
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The kekryphalos proper consists of a net-like combination of ribbon and gold thread, thrown over the back hair to prevent it from dropping.
The large tetradrachmai of Syrakuse, bearing the signature of the engraver, Kimon, show a beautiful head of Arethusa adorned with the kekryphalos.
More frequent is the coif-like kekryphalos covering the whole hair, or only the back hair, and tied into a knot at the top.