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Source Image: PR308_06_05 of Apprentice Pieces: Feet of Aphrodisias: Apprentice Pieces

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Description

A pair of carved feet on the same block, probably apprentice practice pieces.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Apprentice Pieces 
Monument Part
Apprentice Pieces: Feet 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
post ad 1 - pre ad 450 
Keywords
Body  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum depot 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
Rough point chiselling can be seen along the top of this block.

2. Measuring point

Process
Measurement
Description
Small protrusions, perhaps measuring points, can be seen on the top of both feet which might have been used by the carver as reference points during the carving process.

Notes

A large number of carved feet have been found at Aphrodisias, many of them of relatively low quality, which seem to have been produced by apprentices or trainee sculptors in the city. Feet were probably used as subjects because they are fairly complicated anatomically, because the pieces of stone on which they were carved could be laid down on a flat surface, and because the sculptors could use their own feet as models. From this example it is clear that trainees were either given a block that they used again and again or that part-worked blocks were passed on to other carvers.

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