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Source Image: PR225_03_04 of South Side of Arch of Trajan

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Description

Detail of western end of the Alimenta relief on the south side of the passageway.

Monument
Arch of Trajan 
Monument Part
South Side 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Undefined white marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 114 - circa ad 117 
Keywords
Block Division  
Collections
Arch of Trajan, Benevento  

Location

Original Location
Benevento 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Flattening
Tool
Flat Chisel
Description
Rough flat chisel work on the bottom of the scene is still visible, though it would not have been originally; this seems to have been simply to roughly flatten off this surface.

1. - Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The series of block lines visible here show that the large block on which the alimenta scene rests steps up in the bottom righthand corner. Here we can see how the horizontal block line visible on the left does not continue all the way across, so we are looking at two blocks. This shows just how much work was put into combining differently shaped blocks on this monument. All of this shows that carving was done in place.

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