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Source Image: PR208_01_23 of Frieze of Column of Marcus Aurelius

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Description

Detail of a barbarian cavalryman.

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

Location

Original Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The channelling tool was used to undercut the horses heads from the background which creates a stronger contrast for the figure.

Notes

The importance of the border between spirals in the laying out of the figurative scenes is again apparent in this detail. The man's head and his spear stop exactly at the line of the border, even though they look a little crammed in.

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