Roman Period

ca. 50 B.C. - 450 A.D.
Katalogbild (Normalansicht) No. 520
added27.11.2000, changed21.02.2011
Roman bronze writing stylus. The point was used for writing on a "wax"-filled recess in a block of wood; the point pushed away the black colored "wax" (which was a mixture of beeswax and tar with a melting point over 70° Celsius / 158 F). Because of the contrast between the dark "wax" and the bright wood, the writing became clearly visible. Sometimes the writer pushed harder than necessary and the writing survived, engraved in the wood, even if the wax has vanished in the soil ever since. The broad, flat end of the stylus was used for erasing any mistakes made by smoothing out the wax. Styli were usually made of iron, inlaid with brass and silver. Bronze ones are rare. Original in the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Frankfurt/Main, Germany. 1st to 3rd century AD. Length: 10.9 cm / 4.3 inches.

19,00 EUR

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