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Source Image: PR205_1_05_13 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of a Dacian in wooded landscape.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The drill must have been used to cut in behind the leaves and branches that are in the round.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The Dacian's head is carefully outlined to make it stand out against the background; this slight channel has been cut using a flat chisel.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The roundel is used on the leaves, working along their forms, to give them texture.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Marks of the flat chisel are visible in the hair of the Dacian.

Notes

This is an example of a very carefully detailed tree. Considerable attention is paid to many of the trees on the Column but not all of them suggesting that at least two carvers were responsible for these details.

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