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Gilt bronze strigil

Period:
Imperial
Date:
ca. 1st–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze, Gold
Dimensions:
L. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Anna Palmer Draper, 1915
Accession Number:
15.43.269
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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.
Said to be from Attica, near Athens

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1915. "A Bequest of Mrs. Mary Anna Palmer Draper." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10(5): pp. 94–97.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. "Department of Classical Art Accessions of 1914: Terracottas, Bronzes, Glass and Gems.." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10(10): p. 212.

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