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Source Image: PR210_03_17 of Continuous Relief of Arch of Constantine

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Description

Detail of the scene showing Constantine's army entering Rome.

Monument
Arch of Constantine 
Monument Part
Continuous Relief 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Marble (Visual identification)  
Date
ad 315 
Keywords
Roman SoldierBlock DivisionHorse  
Collections
Arch of Constantine, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
Rough work with the point chisel can be seen at the base of this relief where it would not have been visible from the ground.

2. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
A block line can be seen in this detail which avoids the figures, indicating that they might have been carved before the blocks were put in place.

Notes

The block lines here show how irregular the blocks being used were. The way in which the same figures in identical poses are repeated on this Constantinian frieze is shown by the row of soldiers to the right.

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