ROMAN BRONZE STRIGIL
Measurements: 18 cm – length, 12 cm - width
Description: A very fine bronze Roman strigil with a long curved blade slightly tapering to a point. The item features a rectangular handle that is fenestrated close to the base. Strigils like this one were used for scraping the dirt and sand mixed with perspiration and oil from the skin after exercise and before bathing. Athletes and soldiers used strigils alike. They also served as a common grave good, deposited usually with a bottle of oil. Croatian Apoxyomenos (‘the Scraper’) is a fine example of Greek bronze sculpture showing how an athlete would use a strigil.
Reference: See Christie’s sale 5524, lot 136 for similar items.
Period: 1st – 3rd cent. AD
Condition: Very fine, intact, patina covers the entire surface.