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Source Image: PR944_01_05 of Mahabalipuram workshops

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Description

Carvers working outside a workshop in Mahabalipuram.

Monument
Mahabalipuram workshops 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Granite (Visual identification)  
Date
bc None 
Collections
India  

Location

Current Location
Mahabalipuram 

Evidence for working practices

1. Guideline

Process
Laying-out
Description
Sketched designs can be seen on the projecting elements of the relief.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Medium
Description
These carvers use the point chisel for almost all stages of work from roughing-out to finishing. Marks of the point are especially clear on the side of this block.

Notes

The carvers are working on a relief for a temple. They have sketched on the design of the decoration and are carving it using short point chisel with hammers. Typically, in this area of Tamil Nadu carvers work sitting down or crouching.

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