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Source Image: PR316_05_16 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
BodyClothingEmperor  
Collections
Marmara Adası  

Location

Original Location
Marmara Adası 
Current Location
Saraylar 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The legs and lower portions of the cuirass have been finely flat chiselled, though no further smoothing has been undertaken anywhere on this statue.

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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