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Source Image: PR308_05_12 of Shield-portrait of Socrates of Aphrodisias: Miscellaneous Statuary

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Description

Detail of back of shield-portrait of Socrates.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Miscellaneous Statuary 
Monument Part
Shield-portrait of Socrates 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
post ad 350 - pre ad 500 
Keywords
Head  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Medium
Description
The back of the neck and head have been roughed-out with the point chisel but not taken any further.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
The hair is roughly flat chiselled.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
More careful work with the flat chisel is visible on the front of the portrait.

Notes

This shield-portrait is part of a series of Late Antique portraits of philosophers from Aphrodisias, most of which were found in a large house to the north of the Sebasteion.

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