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Pair of silver strigils (scrapers) on a carrying ring

Period:
Late Republican
Date:
mid-1st century B.C.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
length 8 9/16in. (21.7cm) diameter of ring 2 15/16in. (7.5cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of H. Dunscombe Colt, 1961
Accession Number:
61.88
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Strigils are normally associated with men, who used them in the gymnasium and the baths. Most surviving examples are made of bronze and it is unusual to have a set preserved with their carrying ring.
Said to be from near Lake Trasimene, north of Rome

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1965. "Two Hoards of Republican Silver." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 13(5): p. 184, fig. 12.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. and Kurt Luckner. 1977. Silver for the Gods: 800 Years of Greek and Roman Silver. no. 72, p. 112, Toledo, Ohio: Jutta-Annette Page.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 42(1): no. 125, pp. 13, 66-7.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 69, pp. 96-97, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 461, pp. 394, 495-96, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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