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Source Image: PR205_1_04_19 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of trees.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The marks of a slightly round-headed chisel are visible on the leaves. As elsewhere on the Column it is clear that the carvers responsible worked along the length of these leaves rather than across them in order to give the impression of veins on their surfaces.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes are visible around the edges of these leaves and in those areas where the details are carved in the round.

Notes

This is a good example of some of the more detailed trees on the Column. The variety of ways in which these trees are handled would seem to indicate that at least two carvers were tasked with carving these details.

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