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Source Image: PR205_1_14_05 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of tree.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The texture on the leaves is achieved with a roundel working down each leaf.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
To get in behind the leaves and add depth around them the drill must have been used.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The drill is also used at the end of each leaf to slightly undercut them.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool was used to open up the drill holes around and between the leaves.

Notes

The narrowness of the border between spirals is especially clear here; the foot above seems almost to force its way down into the tree and the carver of the border has been forced to simply squash it in the small gap left.

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