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On the upper center of the handle, as if produced from an intaglio ringstone, there is a small inset oval in which appears in relief an athlete scraping himself. He holds a strigil close to his head in his raised right hand and perhaps another strigil in the lowered left. The end of the scraper...

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From the Troad, near Hissarlik

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. F. H. Bacon

Greek, Archaic Period, about late 6th–early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 613; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Length: 21.8 cm (8 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Recreational