Iranian bath rasps: ASMR

Watch and listen as Curator Fuchsia Hart unboxes a selection of late 17th and early 18th century ceramic bath rasps from Iran.

ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response – a pleasant tingling sensation beginning on the scalp and moving down the neck, which is triggered by a delicate or satisfying auditory or visual experience.

Follow Fuchsia as she shows us how these luxury self-care objects would have been used in the bathhouse – much like a foot file – to massage and remove dead skin. When handled, the objects create a gentle tinkling noise. Fuchsia investigates what might be making the sound, before taking a look at X-rays which reveal what is inside.

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