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Source Image: PR205_1_12_19 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Dead Dacian.

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
DacianTree  
Collections
Column of Trajan, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Insertion
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The drill was used to add a hole in the hand in the bottom right corner which would have contained a metal weapon.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool was used to delineate the lines of the wall in the background and the tree on the right.

Notes

In this scene a dead Dacian is shown. He is presumably supposed to be lying on the floor but the perspective is slightly awkward and he looks a little as if he is flying. As so often on the Column of Trajan, we see here carvers finding a solution to a problem on the go, rather than resorting to a set model. The aim was clarity of storytelling and so flicking between points of view is common. Also on this scene, one can note the basically handled tree, which is quite different from some of the other trees on the Column; this example and others like it show that there at least two carvers responsible for trees, one who was highly precise and the other who was distinctly less interested.

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