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* A Roman Bronze Strigil, ca. 1st century AD

RB1708

with a concave blade and fenestrated handle.

A strigil was a small, curved, metal tool used extensively by the Greeks and Romans to scrape dirt and sweat from the body and produce friction as part of the process of massage, cold or hot baths, exercise or competitive games. The process was facilitated by covering the body with olive oil prior to exercising. The curved handle allowed the strigil to be hung on a wall, together with the sponge and the aryballos containing the oil (see Le sport dans la Grèce antique: du jeu á la compétition, D. Venhove, ed., Ghent, 1992, pp. 229-230, nos. 91-92). For wealthier people, this process was often done by slaves. Strigils were often used in Roman baths.

Condition: Attractive mottle green patina and a very nice example of an athlete’s or bather’s companion. 

Dimensions: 7 3/4 in x 5 7/8 in (19.7 x 14.9 cm)

Provenance: Ex. United Kingdom private collection, acquired from Herakles Numismatics and Antiquities, Munich in early 2000's; previously belonging to a German private collection formed in the 1970's.


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