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Source Image: PR308_07_07 of Apprentice Pieces: Hands of Aphrodisias: Apprentice Pieces

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Description

Carved hand, probably an apprentice piece.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Apprentice Pieces 
Monument Part
Apprentice Pieces: Hands 
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 work with the point chisel is visible around this hand.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The actual flesh of the hand has been worked with the flat chisel.

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. A smaller group of hands were also found. Hands and feet were probably used 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 appendages as models.

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