Skyphos, Southern Italy, 400-375 BCE

A skyphos is a drinking cup with two handles. This one is decorated with an image of a young man holding a strigil. Part of the bathing and personal hygiene routine in ancient Rome involved cleaning the body with oil. Having rubbed the oil in, a strigil was used to scrape away any excess as well as any dead skin and dirt. Athletes scraped their skin with strigils to remove dirt, dust and oil from …

Oil bottle, Southern Italy, 375-325 BCE
Two strigils on a ring, Roman, 199 BCE-500 CE
Copy of a set of two Roman strigils, Europe, 1880-1920
Strigil, Roman, 199 BCE-500 CE