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Source Image: PR205_1_11_08 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of a Dacian.

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
DacianHeadClothing  
Collections
Column of Trajan, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A roundel is used on the clothing of the chest of this figure.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Rasp
Description
The rasp is used to smooth the flesh on the cheek and most of the clothing and hat.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The flat chisel is used to smooth the background.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Scraper
Description
Scraper marks are visible on the larger folds of the figure's cloak.

3. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The flat chisel is used to pick out the details of the beard and facial features.

3. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The drill us used to achieve depth in the figure's mouth.

4. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool is used to create the deep creases in the figure's clothing.

4. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool is used to carve out the drill holes in the figure's mouth to achieve depth.

Notes

This is a good illustration of the typical finishing applied to figures on the Column of Trajan, that is rasp for the flesh, flat chisel for detailing and smoothing of the background.

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