To the serious collector, there are certain historical artifacts that are quintessentially Roman. Fibula brooches, while not a Roman invention, are familiar to every metal detectorist who has ever searched a Roman site. Ox bone dice, ear scoops, tinned bronze mirrors, shouldered finger-rings - all are classic Roman fayre.


Among these artifact types can be counted Roman Bronze Tweezers.


Why we find so many Roman tweezers is a mystery. Perhaps it is due to their obsession with clean-shaven and hairless skin - the Roman senator, Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus, claimed the word 'Barbarian stemmed from 'beard' or barba, and for much of their history, Romans wore beards only when in mourning.


This particular pair were cut from sheet bronze sometime during the 1st - 3rd centuries A.D. and are particularly large at over 9cm in length. The tweezers have pinioned nippers, a decorated neck and a retaining hoop that is still attached.


A fascinating piece of ancient history - now available in the Timeless Galleries.



  • Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities Market, 2020, previously forming part of an old Dutch collection.

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