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Source Image: PR221_01_14 of Niobids Sarcophagus of Vatican Museums: Sarcophagi

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Description

Detail of the Niobids sarcophagus in the collection of the Vatican Museums.

Monument
Vatican Museums: Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Niobids Sarcophagus 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Marble  
Date
circa ad 175 - circa ad 250 
Keywords
NiobidRelief Sarcophagus  
Collections
Vatican Museums, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Flattening
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
Parallel rows of flat chisel marks are visible on the side of the lid.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The depth in this relief, which is typical of Metropolitan sarcophagi of the late 2nd and early 3rd century AD, is probably achieved with the drill.

Notes

Like many sarcophagi this one is finished with either the rasp or abrasives. It is not finished to a highly polished state but just enough to remove most of the toolmarks.

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