c. 1st Century AD
A strigil composed of a curving scraper on a thick, rectangular handle. Markings, quite possibly a maker’s mark , are located on the handle interior.
One of the most vital of all ancient tools, the strigil was used in conjunction with olive oil to scrape dirt, sweat and other impurities that would clog the pores away from the body. It is most often associated with ancient Greece due to its use amongst athletes and its immortalization in Lysippos’ Apoxyomenos. However, it would perhaps be more accurate to associate the strigil with the Romans, for it is in their culture that the strigil found the most use. Due to the popularity of the baths the strigil soon became an item used by the masses rather than the elite few. Regardless of this mass production, however, such strigils are very rarely found on the market and are generally the domain of museum collections.
A similar example can be found in The British Museum (Accession number 1814,0704.1053)
In as found condition with natural patina present. Restoration has been left at the discretion of the buyer.
Certificate of Authenticity and Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority Included.
Walters, H B, Catalogue of the Bronzes in the British Museum. Greek, Roman & Etruscan., I-II, (London, BMP, 1899)