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Source Image: PR205_04_14 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Romans defending their fort.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The channelling tool was used to distinguish the figures from the background.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The drill is used to add detail to the shields of the soldiers.

Notes

The Roman soldiers are lacking weapons which should have been added later in metal, although the holes for those weapons were never drilled. It appears that the window frame was carved at the same time as the soldier's helmet, but the intersection of the two elements suggests that the composition was not meticulously pre-planned.

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