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Fine Greek Bronze Strigil Lot 15A Part of a live auction event on Thursday, Jul 19

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (37) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263814067851 LOT 15ASeller's Estimate: USD 1,700 - 2,500 Ancient Greece, Classical Period, ca. 5th to 4th century BCE. A beautiful and elegant hammered bronze strigil formed from a single narrow sheet with a wide, concave blade that curved and tapers to a rounded end. The blade straightens out to a slender handle with folded sides, narrowing dramatically along the verso, and ending at an ovoid terminal boasting a pair of pierced suspension holes. The entire tool is covered in thick areas of pale-green, dark-green, and russet-hued patina. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 9.875" L x 1.5" W x 6.5" H (25.1 cm x 3.8 cm x 16.5 cm); 8.625" H (21.9 cm) on included custom stand. The strigil was a scraper used in combination with olive oil and sand or pumice to exfoliate the skin after exercising or bathing. It was an essential piece of equipment for the typical Greek and Roman athlete, and as such came to symbolize athleticism itself. Greek cases abound with depictions of youthful athletes using strigils in the gymnasium. The celebrated sculpture by Lysippos, the Apoxyomenos of ca. 350 to 325 BCE, depicted a nude athlete scraping himself off with a strigil. For a similar example, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 14.105.2: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/248881 A similar example with an incised figure on the handle hammered for $9,000 at Sotheby's, New York Antiquities Auction (June 7, 2005, lot 2): http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2005/antiquities-n08104/lot.2.html Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #136221 Condition Report: Surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age as expected, slight bending to overall form, very minor nicks to blade, handle, and terminal, and some roughness across most surfaces, otherwise intact and excellent. Nice earthen deposits and fabulous green and russet patina throughout. Payment: The buyer is responsible for paying the seller directly after winning the item. Details on accepted payment methods and where to send payment are provided in an invoice from the seller. Shipping: The buyer is responsible for paying all shipping costs and arranging for shipping and delivery with the seller. Additional shipping details from the seller: Auction House will ship, at Buyer's expense For more information see terms and conditions Knowing when to bid: An event can last a few hours. To help figure out when an item will come up for auction, watch the pace of the event and keep in mind that items usually come up in lot order.Fine Antiquities/Ethnographic Art offered by Artemis Gallery Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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