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Source Image: PR205_1_12_04 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of Roman soldiers crossing a bridge.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The texture on the planking is applied using a round-headed chisel.

Notes

The relationship between the figures and the background can be seen clearly in this example. The soldiers' feet rest on small brackets of stone but the rest of the background has been carved back and detailed. This seems to show that the figures were carved first and then the background carver had to come in and fit what was needed into the remaining space. Here this small brackets had to be left because the soldiers' feet are not at quite the right angle to stand on the planking behind them.

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