Strigil

Plaster cast of statue of athlete using a strigil.  Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Cast Gallery C133b.Photograph of a bronze strigil. Ferrara, Museo Nazionale di Spina 5096Detail from an Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 460 BC. Vatican 16558

A metal instrument, usually of bronze, with a hollow curved blade. It was used, especially by athletes, to scrape off sweat and oil after exercise, and forms a normal part of athletic equipment alongside a sponge and oil bottle.

Above left: Plaster cast of statue of athlete using a strigil. Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Cast Gallery C133b. © Ashmolean Cast Gallery

Above middle: Photograph of a bronze strigil. Ferrara, Museo Nazionale di Spina 5096 © Ferrara, Museo Nazionale di Spina

Above right: Detail from an Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 460 BC. Vatican 16558 © Musei Vaticani