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Source Image: PR205_1_01_19

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Description

Detail of Trajan embarking on a boat.

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Roman SoldierTrajanBuilding  
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Column of Trajan, Rome  

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channel cut using a channelling tool or narrow flat chisel can be seen around the emperor's hands and lower body.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The lines between blocks on the wall in the back are cut using either a very narrow flat chisel or incised using the sharp corner of a larger flat chisel.

Notes

In this detail the extra attention paid to outlining figures when they were depicted against a flat rather than detailed background can be seen. The emperor's hands and lower body here have channels cut around them while his upper body, depicted in front of stone wall, is not outlined. This reflects the fact that outlining was usually only used to define figures against flat surfaces on the Column.

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