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Source Image: PR308_02_02 of Re-carved philosopher of Aphrodisias: Sculptor's Workshop

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Description

Detail of re-carved philosopher.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Sculptor's Workshop 
Monument Part
Re-carved philosopher 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
post bc 30 - pre ad 450 
Keywords
HeadRe-Carving  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The whole left side of this portrait is carefully worked with the flat chisel. This is the remnant of the original carving. The side of the beard and back of the hair, as well as the ears (which are now too large for the reworked face) are all original.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Re-use
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
The face has been roughly re-modelled with the flat chisel.

Notes

This portrait was found in the Sculptor's Workshop and consists of a finished bust of a philosopher (or other bearded individual) which was in the process of being re-carved.

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