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Source Image: PR202_02_13 of Corinthian Capital (Standing) of Temple of Vespasian

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Description

Detail of Corinthian capital.

Monument
Temple of Vespasian 
Monument Part
Corinthian Capital (Standing) 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
ad 79 - circa ad 87 
Keywords
FoliageCorinthian Capital  
Collections
Temple of Vespasian, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Marks of the roundel can be seen in several places on the leaves; this was a popular tool for applying texture, especially to vegetation.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The drill must have been used in the channels at the top.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool was used following the drill to carve the deep channels at the top.

4. Graffito

Process
Lettering
Description
There are numerous examples of graffiti on this monument, in this case from the 19th century.

Notes

Differences in finish can be noted even in this small area. Along the edge of the abacus at the top of the image, more attention is given to those channels to the right, which would have been more visible, than those to the left, which are largely hidden by the floral boss at the centre of the abacus.

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