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Source Image: PR944_01_13 of Mahabalipuram workshops

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Description

Carver working on a relief 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. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Gentle
Description
This carver is using a very short point chisel, held extremely delicately, to roughly shape this relief. The same tool will then be used for finishing it.

Notes

Like other carvers in Mahabalipuram this one is working on a relief sitting down. This is a quite different way of working compared to how carving is done in Europe. A pile of point chisels can be seen at the carver's feet because this granite is very hard and the tools used on it need to be regularly changed and sharpened.

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