ROMAN NAIL CLEANER
by unknown

ERA:

Pre-modern (pre 1945)

CATEGORY:

Paintings

FROM:

The Portable Antiquities Scheme

A cast copper-alloy Roman nail cleaner/strap-end. The main body of this object is flat in section, and has an elongated leaf-shape in plan, with ornately profiled 'shoulders'. Beyond these, the object's 'head' rises up from the main body at a c.30 degree angle. The implement's tip is divided into two pointed prongs.One side of the main body is decorated with complex incised and punched decoration. This consists of a pair of concentric circles, the area between which is ornamented with incised oblique lines, and within which lie four punched ring-and-dot motifs arranged around a central punched indentation, thus forming a cruciform arrangement. Either side of this large, central circular field, strings of interconnected ring-and-dor motifs run down the margins of the implement's upper surface, and individual ring-and-dot motifs are scattered around the shoulders and head of the implement. Each of the implement's 'shoulders' features a small punched openwork hole, while the flared, otherwise sparsely decorated 'head' features a larger hole, which may have been a suspension loop.The reverse is unornamented.The object survives in good condition with green/brown patina. The overall length of the object is 64.2mm; it is 12.78 mm wide at its widest point. It is 1.6mm thick and weighs 5.76g.The type probably best fits into Crummy's (Æ3: 58) type 2a, dating between the mid-1st and 2nd century AD.Two broadly similar objects from Staffordshire have been recorded on the database as WMID-E076D4 and WMID-DFA492, while there is a toilet implement of possibly different function from Little Hallingbury, Essex (ESS-AD69C2) . See also Crummy Æ3, The Roman small finds from excavations in Colchester Å1-Å9.

MEDIUM

Not Available

DIMENSIONS

100 x 55

COURTESY

AthenaPlus

MADE

not available

TAGS

archaeology-ROMAN

ADDRESS