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Source Image: PR205_1_13_19 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Roman cavalrymen.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Insertion
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The central cavalryman here has a hole drilled into his hand for a metal weapon to be inserted.

Notes

This cavalryman has a hole drilled into his hand for a metal insert that has since been removed. The horse in this scene, as in others, looks too small for the man on its back; the fact that men and horses vary little in size over the frieze suggest that they had established sizes for these. Planning out the frieze in such a way as to ensure that it was internally cohesive would require a certain number of set measurements of this kind.

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