Object Name: Bath scraper
Date: 12th–13th century
Medium: Earthenware; unglazed, molded in relief
Dimensions: H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
W. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number: 26.102.7
Prolonged exposure to water and steam in a hammam’s hot rooms loosens dead skin and forces impurities out of the body, which are then wiped or scrubbed away with any number of exfoliating implements, such as a mitt or sponge. A group of ceramic scrapers similar to this one are believed to come from Iran. Their decoration includes a variety of animal, floral, and geometric patterns, suggesting customers could select their own designs.