Strigil, Roman, 199 BCE-500 CE

Made:
199 BCE-500 CE in Roman Empire
maker:
Unknown
Strigil, bronze, heavily corroded, Roman. Graduated matt black perspex background.

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Strigil, bronze, heavily corroded, Roman. Graduated matt black perspex background.
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Strigil, bronze, heavily corroded, Roman

This heavily corroded set of bronze strigils shows the classic claw-like shape typical of these utensils.

Part of the bathing and personal hygiene routine in ancient Rome involved cleaning the body with oil. Having rubbed the oil in, a strigil was used to scrape away any excess as well as any dead skin and dirt. Athletes also used strigils to remove dirt, dust and oil from their bodies after exercise. This was sometimes bottled and sold as a medical treatment called gloios to relieve aches, pains and sprains.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A621906
type:
strigil
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment