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Source Image: PR205_1_13_10 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Death of Decebalus.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The block line cuts between a continuous narrative in the scene which demonstrates that the carving was done once the drums were already in place.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Insertion
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes can be seen in the hands of some figures made for the insertion of metal weapons.

Notes

Places for inserts can be seen in the hands of some of these figures but in other places they are demonstrably lacking, perhaps indicating that there were not enough inserts and that this was a second phase of decoration. In terms of its composition, this is an amazingly free and dynamic scene, with figures squeezed in all over the place and all the emphasis concentrated on Decebalus. Despite this, the horses and tree are too small, fitted into the gaps available.

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