Bronze strigil

Centre for Ancient Cultures Museum
Strigils are tools, mainly in hammered bronze, that were essential to the care of the skin in Ancient Greece and Rome: they were used to scrape dirt and perspiration from the body after an application of perfumed olive oil. These skin care procedures are commonly represented on vases and grave steles, showing soldiers, athletes following the routine after bathing or exercising, equipped with a strigil, an aryballos (flask for perfumed oil) and a sponge. Some...
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