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Source Image: PR307_10_05 of Large Satyr and Dionysos of Aphrodisias: Sculptor's Workshop

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Description

Detail of a statue of a satyr carrying the infant Dionysos.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Sculptor's Workshop 
Monument Part
Large Satyr and Dionysos 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 150 - circa ad 275 
Keywords
Dionysos/BacchusSatyr  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The depth of the channels in the figure's hair must have been achieved with the drill.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The channelling tool was probably used following the drill in the hair.

Notes

This statue type was found in two different sizes at Aphrodisias while another example was found on the Esquiline in Rome and is now in Copenhagen. This last version was signed by an Aphrodisian sculptor. Clearly this was a popular arrangement among the sculptors of the city. The fact that they were capable of producing two near-identical statues in different sizes might indicate that these carvers used models or drawings of this statue type, but it is also possible that this was a form that they were simply used to carving.

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