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Bronze strigil (scraper)

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
length 8 3/4in. (22.2cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
In the Greek world, the strigil is most often associated with athletes and the gymnasion. But for the Romans, the baths and the culture of bathing were so popular that the implement became part of the everyday equipment of ordinary people, and such strigils were mass produced. They often bear the stamp of the maker; the one here reads: L.MUC.F (made by Lucius Mucius).
Inscription: stamped with star and inscription: L.MUC.F (Lucius Mucius fecit)
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4825, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 861, p. 297, New York: Gilliss Press.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. p. 200, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

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