from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Friction with a strigil or flesh brush; rubbing; scraping with a strigil.


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  • They recall a pattern with S- and reverse-S-shapes called "strigilation" that often appear in antique art as carved fluting patterns, most notably on the side registers of stone sarcophagi, or coffins.

    Forged in the Classical Tradition

  • Placed on Smith's "chariot," the strigilation pattern of "Voltri VII" suggests a carved stone sarcophagus being borne upon a wagon in a Roman funeral procession, one that would have been replete with a family in ancestor masks and hired musicians and "weepers."

    Forged in the Classical Tradition

  • Along with the Ionic capital's circling volute and the repeating Greek key pattern, strigilation is one of the three most popular patterns of classical art.

    Forged in the Classical Tradition


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