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Source Image: PR205_1_07_04 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Legs of Roman soldiers.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The flat chisel is used to smooth the background.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A combination of the channelling tool and a flat chisel seems to have been used to outline the figures.

Notes

The background on which these soldiers stand is slightly awkwardly composed here. The figure to the right of the middle is provided with a small projection of land to support his rear foot while the figure to his left stands on a lower plane. This is one detail which suggests that the figures were carved before any work on the background began and sometimes the background carvers were left with problems like this which they had to provide solutions for.

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