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Source Image: PR944_01_07 of Mahabalipuram workshops

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Description

Carver working on a design at 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
The carver has painted a series of guides on the stone. Red lines mark out a grid and black lines the outline of the decorative form.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Medium
Description
Marks of the point are visible on the side of the block and the roughly worked decorative element. The carver is also holding a very short point chisel. These are used very delicately even though this is a hard stone.

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