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Source Image: PR205_04_02 of Column of Trajan

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Description

An example of a sudden jump in height of the border.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The way the carving crosses the block-line division on the right suggests that all carving was done in place.

Notes

It is noticeable in this image that the border between spirals runs perfectly horizontal on the left before suddenly jumping up on the right. This has been interpreted by Peter Rockwell as showing that carving was done in place and started before all the column drums were set up. At this point the carvers were waiting for the next drum to be put up before they could continue. When it was put in place they continue upwards. Support for this proposition is provided by the fact that the carvers appear not to have been able to cross over the block line on the left, resulting in a number of squashed figures.

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