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Source Image: PR210_04_05 of Panel B of Arch of Constantine

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Description

Detail of flag.

Monument
Arch of Constantine 
Monument Part
Panel B 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 176 - circa ad 180 
Keywords
BuildingProfectioHorseFlag  
Collections
Arch of Constantine, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The drill is used in the tassels along the bottom edge of the flag.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
In places the drill holes along the bottom edge of the flag are joined together with a channelling tool of some sort to create grooves.

Notes

The dark veins are visible in the marble in this detail, a feature characteristic of Luna marble but also a number of other white marbles used in Rome in the second century AD. Compared to the ceremonial scenes in the panels on the Arch of Trajan at Benevento, the Antonine panels on the Arch of Constantine have much more detailed backgrounds - there is a attention to providing an architectural setting for the scene being depicted.

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