Bronze strigil [M 781]

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Αρχείο της Εφορείας Αρχαιοτήτων Χανίων

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Κλασική εποχή
Ελληνιστική εποχή

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This bronze strigil has a short and thin rectangular shaped handle, and a scoop curving to a right angle. The handle is attached on the blade forming a flower motif (anthemion). Before exercising or competing, athletes applied oil to their bodies to keep the dirt out of the skin. The strigil was a tool for the cleansing of the body by scraping off dirt, and oil that were applied. In the Greek world strigils are most often associated with athletes. Strigils are often found in burial contexts.
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