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Source Image: PR201_01_09 of Exterior Relief of Ara Pacis Augustae

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Description

Detail 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
HeadPriestRestoration  
Collections
Ara Pacis, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The drill is used here to achieve depth in the folds of these priests' togas but actual drill holes are not visible because they were opened out using some form of narrow channelling tool.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The smooth background seems to have been achieved using only a flat chisel - the criss-cross marks of the rasp are only found on the figures.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A narrow channelling tool is used in conjunction with the drill to achieve depth in the drapery.

Notes

A small patch of discolouration can be seen here which has not yet been cleaned.

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