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Source Image: PR223_05_02 of Clipeus Sarcophagus (1) of Ostia: Miscellaneous Sarcophagi

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Description

Clipeus sarcophagus in the Castello at Ostia.

Monument
Ostia: Miscellaneous Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Clipeus Sarcophagus (1) 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Marble (Visual identification)  
Date
ad 200 - ad 350 
Keywords
PuttoNike/VictoryClipeusRelief Sarcophagus  
Collections
Ostia Antica  

Location

Original Location
Ostia 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
The central clipeus has been left roughed-out for finishing at a later point.

Notes

The clipeus (central roundel) on this sarcophagus has been left as a rough boss. It was presumably left like this to be carved into a portrait or other detail but for some reason never was. This might because the customer bought it in this condition and decided against having it finished or it might be that it was needed suddenly. The rest of the relief is similarly unfinished which might lend support to the second of these suggestions.

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