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Source Image: PR205_1_01_12 of Plate XXXI / Scene XL of Column of Trajan

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Description

Roman soldiers with carroballistae (cart-drawn artillery weapons).

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Part
Plate XXXI / Scene XL 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
Roman SoldierBlock DivisionHorseWaggonArtillery  
Collections
Column of Trajan, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The way in which the details in this scene cross the joint between column drums without interruption shows that they were carved in place.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes can be seen in manes of the horses.

Notes

Also apparent here is the difference in scale between the human figures on the Column and animals and other objects, such as buildings or, in this case, artillery weapons. Though considerable attention was made to detailing individual elements accurately it was evidently felt less important to depict all of these elements at the same scale.

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