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Source Image: PR223_02_05 of Ionic Capital (1) of Ostia: Material from the Fossa Traiana, Portus

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Description

Ionic capital from the Fossa Traiana at Portus.

Monument
Ostia: Material from the Fossa Traiana, Portus 
Monument Part
Ionic Capital (1) 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Marble (Visual identification)  
Date
ad 300 - ad 400 
Keywords
Ionic Capital  
Collections
Ostia Antica  

Location

Original Location
Ostia 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The central section of the front of this capital is roughed-out only and could have been decorated in a variety of ways.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The volutes are more finely finished with the roundel.

Notes

This material was recovered from various contexts concentrated around the Fossa Traiana at Portus and is now on display at Ostia. Whether these blocks were part of a stockpile of imports at Portus or a depot of damaged objects is debated but they seem to have undergone only limited work after arrival in Italy.

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