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Source Image: PR221_01_17 of Orestes Sarcophagus of Vatican Museums: Sarcophagi

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Description

Detail of the Orestes sarcophagus in the Vatican Museums.

Monument
Vatican Museums: Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Orestes Sarcophagus 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Marble  
Date
post ad 150 - pre ad 250 
Keywords
OrestesRelief Sarcophagus  
Collections
Vatican Museums, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 
Current Location
Vatican Museums 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill work can be seen in the drapery of these figures.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool has been used following drilling.

Notes

The level of finish on this sarcophagus, and others like it, is very consistent, much more so than on the larger state monuments, perhaps because it was meant to be seen up-close. Either the rasp or abrasives have been used to remove most of the toolmarks.

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