Strigil

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Object Name: 
Strigil
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
59.1.144
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 11.3 cm, W: 0.8 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
99 BC-399 AD
Web Description: 
The object is a strigil (Latin, strigilis), a scraper used by athletes and bathers for cleaning the skin; olive oil was applied to the skin and removed by scraping, together with dirt or sweat. Strigils, usually of iron or copper alloy, were commonly used in the Roman Empire, and they are mentioned by a number of writers, including Plautus, Cicero, Horace, Suetonius, and Juvenal.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
1959-07-27
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Transparent yellowish brown glass; drawn and tooled; consisting of ribbon-like strip of glass with concave-convex cross section. Upper end is bent back, down and in to form loop for suspension; strip descends vertically, then curves forward, down and out, and tapers to point.
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Three (2003) illustrated, pp. 54, 216, #975; BIB# 58895