VERY FINE ROMAN OLIVE PROBE

£300.00

Measurements: 18 cm - length

 

Description: A bronze Roman medical and cosmetics instrument. Usually classified as a type of a specialised probe, featuring an elongated flattened olive-shape probe, with an incised torqued body and decorative rings above. It was mainly used for extracting cosmetics and ointments from narrow glass vessels that stored them. The other end of the instrument terminates in a sharp point. This instrument was probably part of the larger medical/cosmetics kit. 

 

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.

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