Description The handle of this razor (now highly corroded) is formed by the curving body of a leopard framing Hercules, with his lion skin and club. Roman men liked to identify themselves with such heroic, mythological figures, just as women had their toilet articles decorated with images of Venus, the goddess of love. This piece could also have been a "strigil," used for scraping sweat and dirt from the skin after exercise or a steam bath.
- Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris, by purchase [date of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911
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