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Source Image: PR205_1_10_02 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Roman legionary assaulting a Dacian fort.

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
DacianRoman SoldierBuildingSpiral BorderBattle  
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 roundel is used to add texture to the rocky background.

Notes

The way that the border between spirals responds to the location of the figures beneath it is evident in this detail. The dynamic three-quarter turned pose of the Roman soldier in this image is one of the more complex found on the Column and reveals a carver working at the peak of their ability, content to experiment with compositions.These figures were meant to have drilled holes in their hands for the insertion of weapons but these never got added.

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