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Bronze strigil

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th century B.C. or later
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Other: 5 1/2 x 1 1/8 x 9 1/4 in. (14 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward Robinson, 1911
Accession Number:
11.107
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153
The strigil was essential to the care of the skin, especially for athletes. After the body was cleansed with oil, the strigil served to wipe the skin clean. Many athletic scenes include the basic "kit" of a sponge, a strigil, and an aryballos (oil flask).
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 855, p. 294, New York: Gilliss Press.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 64, 67-68, fig. 79, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Alexander, Christine. 1933[1925]. Greek Athletics. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 64, 67-68, fig. 79, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Cole, Nancy. 1968. Greek Athletic Games. no. 16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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