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Source Image: PR205_1_03_06 of Plate XL / Scene LVII of Column of Trajan

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Description

Roman cavalrymen attacking a Dacian village.

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Part
Plate XL / Scene LVII 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
Roman SoldierBuildingLandscapeHorse  
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 is used to differentiate the figures from the background.

Notes

The separation between areas of figurative carving and background carving is slightly awkward in this detail. The area of rocky landscape in front of the two cavalrymen in this scene is carefully outlined and roughly textured but the way in which the horses disappear behind it is slightly muddled. Here, and elsewhere, one gets the impression that the figures were carved first with spaces between them left for later background carving and occasionally the relationship between these two elements was misconceived. The soldiers on the right were meant to have holes drilled in their hands for the insertion of metal weapons but there were never added.

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