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Source Image: PR205_1_14_03 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of a horse's head.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Rasp
Description
The rasp is used to smooth the flesh on the neck and face of this horse.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool is used to give depth around the horse's head and especially down the back of its neck.

1. - Toolmarks

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

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Certain details, notably the nostrils, are given depth with the drill.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool is used in conjunction with a drill to give depth to certain areas of this horse.

Notes

This is a superb example of the level of detail maintained by the carvers right up to the very top of the Column of Trajan: this horse's tongue is even carefully modelled.

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