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Source Image: PR205_1_11_09 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Dacians setting fire to a town.

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
FigureDacianDecebalusHeadCivilianBodyClothing  
Collections
Column of Trajan, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
A block line passes across the scene, showing that the stones were carved in place.

Notes

This is a clear case in which the buildings are used simply to set the scene and no attempt is made to depict them in proportion to the figures. Careful outlining of the figures is also apparent here, and on the figure to the right the height of relief varies quite substantially between his feet and his head: there was no set relief depth that the figures had to be carved to, rather the carver made up their mind in each case.

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