Bath Scraper

Object Name: Bath scraper

Date: 12th–13th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Earthenware; unglazed, molded in relief

Dimensions: H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
W. 3 in. (7.6 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

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.