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Source Image: PR210_01_19 of Tondo B of Arch of Constantine

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Description

Detail of re-carved portrait.

Monument
Arch of Constantine 
Monument Part
Tondo B 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 117 - circa ad 138 
Keywords
HeadEmperor  
Collections
Arch of Constantine, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Marks of the drill can be seen in the hair of the Hadrianic figure on the left.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The corner of the flat chisel is used to create the series of small knicks on the head of the Constantinian portrait on the right.

Notes

The contrast between the earlier Hadrianic head on the left and the Constantinian re-carved head on the right is quite clear. The style of hair, in particular, is much simpler on the later head.

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