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Source Image: PR221_01_23 of Circus Relief of Vatican Museums: Reliefs

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Description

Detail of the Circus Relief in the Vatican Museums.

Monument
Vatican Museums: Reliefs 
Monument Part
Circus Relief 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
 
Date
post ad 70 - pre ad 150 
Keywords
ClothingCircusHorse  
Collections
Vatican Museums, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Ostia 
Current Location
Vatican Museums 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
Point chiselling is visible on the ground level beneath the figures. This appears to have been left in this state because it produced the desired texture.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes are visible in the nostrils and mouths of the horses.

Notes

There is a different level of finish on the portraits than the rest of the relief. This seems to indicate that the portraits were treated separately.

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