SMALL ROMAN BRONZE SPECILIUM
Measurements: length – 16. 9 cm
Description: A bronze Roman medical and cosmetics instrument. Classified as a type of surgeon’s probe with a small angled bulbous ending, known as the olive. Finely decorated handle with incised rings under and above a drop-like tip. This instrument was probably part of a larger cosmetics/medical kit used for applying ointment to the small or inaccessible wounds (in ears and eyes for instance) without risking infection. Also, it was used for applying cosmetics.
Reference: Mills, N., Roman Artefacts found in Britain, 1995, Fig. M169; Christie’s sale 7183, lot 161; Christie’s sale 2565, lot 225.
Period: 1st - 3rd cent. AD
Condition: Fine, complete, patination on the entire surface.
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