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Scarce Roman Marble Cosmetic Finger Pestle

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Scarce Roman Marble Cosmetic Finger Pestle
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This interesting piece is a Roman marble that is in the form of a pestle, which has a handle that is designed like a human finger. This scarce piece dates to the late Hellenistic period, circa 1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. This piece is approximately 4.5 inches long, by 3 inches high, by 1.8 inches wide at the base. The bottom of the base is slightly rounded, and the finger handle has a well defined finger nail and overall shape. The finger handle is very realistic, and is the approximate size and shape of a normal sized adult middle index finger. Another analogous example is seen in "An Ancient Shopping Center: The Athenian Agora", American School of Classical Studies at Athens Pub., Princeton, New Jersey, 1993, p. 21, fig. 28. (See attached photo.) The following is also stated on page 21: "In Roman times, women's coiffures became fantastic, especially in court circles. Hair was imported for wigs. Hairpins also became elaborate. Makeup was ground in alabaster or marble dishes with a pestle shaped like a finger (28)." The intact piece offered here is complete, is in superb condition, and has no cracks and/or chips. This piece also has some nice spotty dark brown and white calcite mineral deposits, and is a scarce complete example. This piece sits on a custom wooden stand, and has a high degree of eye appeal. Ex: Private CA. collection. Ex: Ira Goldberg collection, Los Angeles, CA. I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition:


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