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Source Image: PR223_05_10 of Clipeus Sarcophagus (1) of Ostia: Miscellaneous Sarcophagi

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Description

Right end of the front of a sarcophagus from 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
Hollowing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
The interior of this sarcophagus has been roughly hollowed-out with the point chisel.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Medium
Description
The central part of the clipeus (central roundel) has been left roughed-out for the addition of a portrait or other motif. Further rough work can be seen on areas of the background around the figures.

Notes

The relief on this sarcophagus is unfinished suggesting that it was rushed into use or perhaps abandoned because the customer no longer needed it. The clipeus (central roundel) has been left roughed-out, presumably for the addition of a portrait or other motif.

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