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Source Image: PR228_02_16 of Carrara Quarries: Miscellaneous Architecture

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Description

Small roughed-out capital and a larger base from the Carrara quarries, now in the Museo del Marmo.

Monument
Carrara Quarries: Miscellaneous Architecture 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa bc 30 - circa ad 400 
Keywords
Corinthian CapitalColumn BaseRoughed-out Object  
Collections
Carrara  

Location

Original Location
Carrara 
Current Location
Museo del Marmo 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Hard
Description
Point chisel marks can be seen all over these blocks.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Lettering
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
An inscription can be seen on the roughed-out block in the background. Administrative control marks are found inscribed on many of the blocks at Carrara which seem to indicate that they were part of the imperial accounting system.

Notes

These roughed-out elements were found in quarrying debris in the Roman quarries at Carrara. More detailed carving on these objects would have been undertaken at the building site.

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