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Stylus

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The stylus shaft has a gently biconical shape. The point is more steeply conical. The opposite end is broken and might originally have had a knobbed termination. Two pairs of grooves form a collar above the pointed end. Another groove circles the shaft near the broken end.

Provenance

By 1964: with a dealer in Athens (said to be from a tomb in Macedonia, found with objects 65.910, 65.911, and 65.912); purchased by MFA, September 22, 1965

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

Roman Provincial, Early Imperial Period, A.D. 1–50

Dimensions

L.: 11.1 cm.; Dm.: 0.9 cm.

Accession Number

65.913

Medium or Technique

Bone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Writing