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Source Image: PR308_02_07 of Re-carved philosopher of Aphrodisias: Sculptor's Workshop

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Description

Detail of front 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
Re-use
Tool
Point
Description
Rough point chiselling can be seen on the left side of this bust, where it was in the process of being re-carved, and on the arm at the bottom, which was being added to the composition.

2. Measuring point

Process
Measurement
Description
A possible measuring point can be seen on the chest of this figure which might well have been used by the sculptor to ensure that the proportions of the finished figure were correct.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Re-use
Tool
Flat Chisel
Description
Rough flat chiselling can be seen between the finished surface of the original carving on the right and the area of re-carving on the left.

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. Although re-carved portraits are relatively common this is one of the few unfinished examples.

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