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Depictions of bone ‘spatulate’ strips and a few thoughts about their function

Willi, Anna

Authors

Anna Willi



Contributors

Tibor Grüll
Editor

Abstract

This contribution offers the identification of so-called bone ‘spatulate’ strips in two Roman funerary reliefs. This increases the number of known depictions to four, allowing for a reassessment of the iconographic evidence for this enigmatic Roman tool. While the depictions do not shed further light on the exact use and function of spatulate strips, they confirm their association with writing sets that include implements for both writing with ink and on wax, as in the archaeological record of grave goods. The iconographic evidence furthermore suggests that spatu-late strips are depicted in contexts that emphasize the occupation and status of the deceased and distinguish them from their peers through an unusual or particularly comprehensive representation of writing sets.

Citation

Willi, A. (2023). Depictions of bone ‘spatulate’ strips and a few thoughts about their function. In T. Grüll (Ed.), Representations of Writing Materials on Roman Funerary Monuments. Text, Image, Message. Archaeopress

Acceptance Date Feb 28, 2023
Online Publication Date Oct 30, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Feb 28, 2023
Publicly Available Date Oct 30, 2023
Publisher Archaeopress
Series Title Archaeopress Roman Archaeology
Series Number 104
Book Title Representations of Writing Materials on Roman Funerary Monuments. Text, Image, Message
ISBN 9781803275666
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/17937157
Publisher URL https://www.archaeopress.com/Archaeopress/Products/9781803275666

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