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Source Image: PR205_1_08_05 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of Trajan as priest.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The marks between the top of the emperor's head and the border are carved with a round-headed chisel.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Rasp
Description
The clothing of the emperor is smoothed with the rasp.

Notes

Carving around the head of Trajan in this detail appears to have progressed from two separate directions - from the front and back of the head - and these two separate phases of work do not quite match up. This again reflects the general tendency of carvers on the Column to smooth the background by working around the forms set against it rather than working up to them.

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