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Source Image: PR205_1_02_14 of Plate XXXVIII / Scene LIII of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of standard-bearers.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes can be seen in the standards where they are used to pick out key details of the attached emblems.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The curls of hair and details of the faces of the head-dresses worn by the standard-bearers are picked out with the drill.

Notes

In this image the way in which the border between spirals has been pushed down right on top of the heads of the standard-bearers below and the soldiers in the upper spiral are arranged around the projecting standards from below shows that the lower figures must have been carved first. Work on the carving, then, progressed from bottom to top.

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