ROMAN BRONZE STYLUS
Measurements: length – 14.3 cm
Description: A bronze Roman stylus (writing tool) used for writing on wax tablets, tapered trapezoidal end that was used for erasing i.e. smoothening the waxed surface. While another type of tip – the sharp pointed tip was used for writing i.e. incising the text into wax tablets. Stylus usually featured both types of tips; however, this one seems to have had the writing tip broken off. Bronze ones are rare, they were usually made of lead.
Reference: Christie’s sale 2565, lot 225
Period: 3rd cent. AD
Condition: Very fine, patination on the surface, broken off at one end.