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Strigil
Material and Medium: Copper Alloy
Dimensions: 129 x 24 x 42
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J1935.121
A strigil was a bathing tool. People put oil on their skin and then used the strigil to scrape it off, removing dirt and sweat at the same time.

For the Romans, personal hygiene was fundamental to good health. Bathing was an integral part of Roman life. Towns and forts had public baths, latrines and a sewage disposal system. The Romans introduced baths into Britain. The bathing process involved progress through cold, warm, and hot rooms and the use of oils and unguents (ointments) to clean and deodorise the skin. The aim was to reduce the transmission of disease. The baths were a setting for activities such as haircutting, shaving and manicure. They also served as centres for medical treatment.
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