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Source Image: PR202_03_04 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
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The edges of the individual fronds of foliage here, and the channel along which the holes have been drilled on the right, are carved with the flat chisel.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes can be seen between and across the top of the two fronds on the right.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool, or perhaps just a narrow flat chisel, was used to carve between the drill holes in the space between the fronds on the left.

Notes

This detail of the edge of the abacus of a Corinthian capital shows two distinct phases of work with the drill and channelling tool. On the right a row of holes have been drilled along the space between two fronds; further drill holes are apparent at the top of these fronds. On the left these holes have been carved together using a flat chisel or some form of channelling tool. The slight swellings in this channel are the traces of the holes which were originally drilled down this line. Presumably the second stage of work was never completed on the right because this section would not have been visible or because work was interrupted for some reason.

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