An Ancient Roman iron stylus featuring a sharpened end, for scratching the characters upon the wax, and a flattened end, which served to render the surface of the tablets smooth again, and so to obliterate what had been written.
This stylus would have been used for writing on wax tablets, tabulae ceratae, the most common writing medium in the Roman world. The tablets could be reused by warming and melting the wax and letting it set again.
Date: Circa 1st – 3rd century AD
Provenance: Ex major London collection collected by S.M. 1970-2010