Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Bath scraper, 12th–13th century
    Iran
    Earthenware; unglazed, molded in relief; H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm), W. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1926 (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.

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  • Bath scraper, 12th–13th century
    Iran
    Earthenware; unglazed, molded in relief; H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm), W. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1926 (26.102.7)

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