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Source Image: PR210_02_20 of Great Trajanic Frieze Panel D of Arch of Constantine

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Description

Detail of severed head.

Monument
Arch of Constantine 
Monument Part
Great Trajanic Frieze Panel D 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 106 - circa ad 117 
Keywords
HeadBlock Division  
Collections
Arch of Constantine, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
This detail shows the end of one block used for the Great Trajanic Frieze. The fact that the scene originally passed without interruption across this line indicates that it was originally carved in place.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The deep lines in the hair of this head were probably created using the drill.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
As a second phase of work a channelling tool would have been used to create channels out of the rows of drill holes in the hair on this head.

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