ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE TWEEZERS

£70.00

Measurements: 8 cm height, 1.5 cm width

 

Description: A Roman bronze set of tweezers with suspension loop and D-shaped ring. The rectangular outer faces, now worn, were decorated with two strips of triangular details with a central band dividing them. The ends are incurved. Roman tweezers, called vulsella, were used mainly for depilation, which was fashionable amongst women throughout the Empire. This item's short arms suggest that this was its use, rather than for minor surgical operations, which typically required a tool with longer and narrower arms.

 

Reference: Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The British Museum

 

Period: 1st - 3rd century AD

 

Condition: Very fine, intact, with minor scratching and chipping over the whole and patina.

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