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Source Image: PR205_1_08_02 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Roman soldiers' feet and military standards.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Despite damage to the surface of the stone we can see that these delicate details were outlined against the flat background. These outlines were carved with a narrow flat chisel or channelling tool.

Notes

This is one instance in which the carvers of the spiral at the top felt that they had enough space so that they did not have to push the border down beyond the end of the military standards below.

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