Scraper (strigil)

Italic
Late Archaic Period
about 500 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 588; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 22 cm (8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

61.378

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Recreational

Bronze strigil (scraper, used in oiling and bathing).The handle has a long, tapering end and two sets of three grooves on top, before the curve. The end was soldered to the blade.
Condtion: Yellow (“Tiber”) patina, cleaned.

Provenance

By date unknown: said to have been found near Bologna with objects 61.375, 61.376, 61.377, and 61.379; by 1960: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; May 10, 1961: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G. for $ 1400 - (this is the total price of 61.375-61.379).

Credit Line

Classical Department Purchase Fund in memory of Miss Grace Nelson