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Source Image: PR201_01_08 of Exterior Relief of Ara Pacis Augustae

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Description

Close-up of priests on the Ara Pacis Augustae.

Monument
Ara Pacis Augustae 
Monument Part
Exterior Relief 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
bc 13 - bc
Keywords
ClothingPriestBlock DivisionRestoration  
Collections
Ara Pacis, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The block division visible here just cuts through the front of a priest's head, strongly suggesting that carving was accomplished in place.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The deep channels in the drapery on the priest, especially in the area around his arm, must have been achieved using the drill.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool of some description was used in conjunction with the drill to carve deep folds in this figure's drapery.

Notes

Another patch of uncleaned stone is again visible here.

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