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.
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."
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.