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Source Image: PR316_05_13 of Imperial statue from the Prokonnesian quarries of Marmara Adası Quarries: Miscellaneous Statuary

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Description

Detail of imperial statue from the Prokonnesian quarries.

Monument
Marmara Adası Quarries: Miscellaneous Statuary 
Monument Part
Imperial statue from the Prokonnesian quarries 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Prokonnesian Marble (Visual identification)  
Date
post ad 280 - pre ad 400 
Keywords
Emperor  
Collections
Marmara Adası  

Location

Original Location
Marmara Adası 
Current Location
Saraylar 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
Tooth chisel marks are visible on the face where the form has been roughly modelled and on the side of the cuirass.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The head and wreath have been roughly shaped with the flat chisel but not finely worked. The eyes, in particular, have been only cursorily worked.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The cuirass and body of the figure have been carved to a finer finish than the head, using the flat chisel.

Notes

This statue was found in quarry debris at the Prokonnesian quarries. It probably dates to the early 4th century AD and was one of a pair found on the island. The statue is almost entirely finished except for its head which is left in a part-finished state. Presumably this head was meant to be finished by either a specialist sculptor on the island or by a sculptor elsewhere, after the statue had been exported. For some reason, perhaps the death of the subject or the cancellation of the order, however, the carving was never completed.

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