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Source Image: PR225_02_20 of Continuous Relief of Arch of Trajan

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Description

Detail of figures on the northern end of the continuous frieze on the eastern facade.

Monument
Arch of Trajan 
Monument Part
Continuous Relief 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Undefined white marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 114 - circa ad 117 
Keywords
FigureFoliageMoulding  
Collections
Arch of Trajan, Benevento  

Location

Original Location
Benevento 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The leaves on the moulding at the top are textured using the flat chisel or a slightly rounded chisel running down each leaf.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Drill angle
Description
The drill is used in the moulding to achieve depth.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool is used in the moulding following the drill to achieve depth.

Notes

The way in which the leaves on the moulding are carved in this image seems to change slightly as they go around the corner. This might suggest that two carvers met at this point. The carver responsible for working into the sunken corner was almost certainly left-handed since it would be very difficult to do this work right-handed.

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