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Source Image: PR205_1_01_17 of Plate XXXVIII / Scene LII of Column of Trajan

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Description

Soldiers moving earth or rubble.

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Part
Plate XXXVIII / Scene LII 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
Roman SoldierBuildingBasket  
Collections
Column of Trajan, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The channelling tool was used to differentiate the figure from the background or background elements.

Notes

This is another example of the motif of a soldier handing a basket of earth to a colleague which is found several times on the Column. The individually carved fingernails on the hand of the righthand soldier reveal the level of detail invested in these scenes. The fact that this level of finish is found all along the frieze suggests that a decision had been made about what to include and what not to.

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