SMALL ROMAN BRONZE SPECILIUM 

£200.00

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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