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Source Image: PR223_01_1 of Strigil Sarcophagus (1) of Ostia: Miscellaneous Sarcophagi

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Description

Strigil sarcophagus with three figured panels from Ostia.

Monument
Ostia: Miscellaneous Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Strigil Sarcophagus (1) 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Marble (Visual identification)  
Date
ad 200 - ad 350 
Keywords
Strigil Sarcophagus  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Ostia 

Evidence for working practices

Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Roundel
Description
The strigils are carved with a round-headed chisel. This work seems to have been done before any work on the figured panels began.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Medium
Description
The basic forms of the figure in this panel were initially shaped with the point chisel, marks of which are visible around the figure where the background has not been carved any further.

Notes

The strigils on this example are finished while the figured panels are only roughly worked. This would seem to indicate that these two elements of the design were divided up, possibly between workers or even between locations. Sarcophagi with their strigils already applied have been found in the quarries.

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