Roman Iron Stylus


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Object Description

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

Object Condition

Fine, complete and intact. Beautiful dark olive-green patination to the surface. Mounted on a custom made stand.

Object Details

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+44 (0)208 364 4565

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James