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Source Image: PR202_04_01 of Entablature (Museum) of Temple of Vespasian

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Description

Close-up of the guideline strip on the entablature now in the Capitoline Museums.

Monument
Temple of Vespasian 
Monument Part
Entablature (Museum) 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
ad 79 - circa ad 87 
Keywords
GuidelineEntablature  
Collections
Temple of Vespasian, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 
Current Location
Capitoline Museums 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Medium
Description
The marks of the point chisel can be seen on the rough surfaces to either side of the guideline strip.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Description
The rough marks of the flat chisel are visible on the moulding strips running between the roughed-out fasciae.

2. - Guideline

Process
Laying-out
Description
The narrow strip of finish carving is effectively a guide for further work on the block.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The guideline strip itself is smoothed with the flat chisel.

Notes

This close-up shows the guideline strip which was essentially a model for the carvers of the entablature to work from, presumably using their callipers to acquire measurements from it.

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