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Source Image: PR239_01_05 of Sarcophagus of Sosia Herennia of Modena Museo Civico: Sarcophagi

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Description

Detail of the sarcophagus of Sosia Herennia in the Museo Civico, Modena.

Monument
Modena Museo Civico: Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Sarcophagus of Sosia Herennia 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Prokonnesian Marble (Visual identification)  
Date
post ad 175 - pre ad 300 
Keywords
CapitalRelief Sarcophagus  
Collections
Modena  

Location

Original Location
Modena 
Current Location
Museo Civico, Modena 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
Both the capital and adjacent figure have been roughed-out with the point chisel held at a shallow angle to the surface of the stone.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Flattening
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
Marks of the flat chisel can be seen on the flat surface of the background.

Notes

The fact that the capital in this detail, like the figure next to it, have been left rough while the architectural framework around them has been finished indicates either a division of labour between specialists or a highly methodical working practice on the part of a single carver.

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