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Scraper (strigil)

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Bronze strigil (scraper, used in oiling and bathing).The handle has a long, tapering end and two sets of three grooves on top, before the curve. The end was soldered to the blade. Condtion: Yellow ("Tiber") patina, cleaned.


By date unknown: said to have been found near Bologna with objects 61.375, 61.376, 61.377, and 61.379; by 1960: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; May 10, 1961: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G. for $ 1400 - (this is the total price of 61.375-61.379).

Credit Line

Classical Department Purchase Fund in memory of Miss Grace Nelson

Italic, Late Archaic Period, about 500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 588; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Length: 22 cm (8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Recreational