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Source Image: PR316_05_15 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
HeadEmperor  
Collections
Marmara Adası  

Location

Original Location
Marmara Adası 
Current Location
Saraylar 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
Point chisel marks can be seen on the back and side of the head where the vestiges of the first phase of roughing-out are left.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
Tooth chisel marks are visible on the face of the figure.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The eye has been shaped with the flat chisel.

4. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
Finer flat chiselling can be seen on the cuirass and the support attached to the head.

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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