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Source Image: PR205_1_10_06 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of a Dacian's arm.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The background is smoothed with the flat chisel.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes are visible on the details at the top right.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Rasp
Description
Rasp marks are visible on the hat at the bottom.

Notes

The thumb on this hand is carved in the round, a technique rarely used on figures on the Column but one sometimes found on trees and other details, such as the legs of horses or fences. This shows again how the carvers were not working to set specifications but adapting the finish as they saw fit.

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