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Source Image: PR208_01_14 of Frieze of Column of Marcus Aurelius

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Description

Detail of the relationship between a soldier and a window frame.

Monument
Column of Marcus Aurelius 
Monument Part
Frieze 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
ad 180 - ad 192 
Keywords
Roman SoldierWindowHorse  
Collections
Column of Marcus Aurelius, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The detail of the chainmail is carved using the corner of the flat chisel.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool was used to clearly differentiate the figures from the background.

Notes

The window in this detail is completely ignored by the carver of the figures around it. The depth of the relief suggests that the window frame and the figurative relief were carved at the same time but the window is supposed to be ignored when reading the relief. The curious proportions of the Roman soldier shown here might result from an error during planning which forced the carver to squeeze his legs into too small a space. The back leg of the horse also seems to be missing.

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