ROMAN BRONZE LIGULA

£150.00

Measurements: length - 15.2 cm

 

Description: A bronze Roman medical and cosmetics instrument. Usually classified as a type of a specialised spoon (ligula), featuring a small narrow elongated scoop, with decorative rings above. The tip of the instrument is drop-shaped. It was mainly used for extracting cosmetics and ointments from narrow glass vessels that stored them. Could have been used as a small curette when sharpened and for applying ointments on eyes and ears. This instrument was probably part of the medical/cosmetics kit. Due to similar decoration it can be paired with the bronze specilium on this site.

 

Reference: Mills, N., Roman Artefacts found in Britain, 1995, Fig. M164; Christie’s sale 2565, lot 225.

 

Period: 1st – 3nd cent. AD

 

Condition: Very fine, intact, patination on the surface. 

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