Strigils & Sponges
Strigils & Sponges; A Strigils was a small, curved, metal tool used in ancient Greece and Rome to scrape dirt and sweat from the body before effective soaps became available. First perfumed oil was applied to the skin, and then it would be scraped off, along with the dirt. For wealthier people, this process was often done by slaves. Strigils were often used in Roman baths and were made in different sizes for different body parts. Gladiators would scrape off their sweat, bottle it, and sell it to their fans. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, OM, RA (born Lourens Alma Tadema; 8 January 1836 – 25 June 1912) was a Dutch painter of special British denizenship.