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Source Image: PR205_1_09_18 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Roman legionaries chopping wood.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The trees and various delicate details of the soldiers depicted in this scene cross the joint between blocks visible at the top of this image without interruption suggesting that carving took place only once these drums had been erected.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
A row of drill holes can be seen on the armour to the right where they are used to pick out the details of this metalwork.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Careful work with the corner of the flat chisel can be seen in the hair of the soldiers.

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