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Source Image: PR311_04_11 of Roughed-out Klinē Lid of Iscehisar Quarries: Sarcophagi

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Description

Roughed-out sarcophagus lid shaped as couch (klinē) with reclining figures on, from the Bacakale Quarry, Iscehisar.

Monument
Iscehisar Quarries: Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Roughed-out Klinē Lid 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Dokimeian marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
ad 150 - ad 275 
Keywords
Kline LidRoughed-out Object  
Collections
Iscehisar  

Location

Original Location
Iscehisar 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
Point chisel marks are visible on the sides and top surface of the couch and on the figures.

Notes

This roughed-out lid (lying upside down) was found during the removal of ancient spoil as part of modern quarrying activity on the site. The Bacakale Quarry is the largest quarry at Iscehisar (ancient Dokimeion) and the focus of modern activity. Both white and coloured marble are extracted here, the latter a white-cream breccia with purple veins (pavonazzetto). The elaborate colonnaded sarcophagi known as 'Asiatic' sarcophagi were usually carved in Dokimeian white marble and often fitted with klinē lids of which this is a very roughly worked form. The couch and the figures on it still required elaboration, including the addition of portraits.

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