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Source Image: PR205_1_14_09 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of the tree in Decebalus' death scene.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A narrow flat chisel has been used to carve the deep veins on the surface of this tree.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Rasp
Description
The rasp is used to smooth the clothing on the arm of Decebalus.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
On this close-up the smoothing of the background with the flat chisel can be seen.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
A series of drill holes can be seen in the hollows on the tree trunk to give an impression of its gnarly surface.

4. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
In places a channelling tool has been used to open out the drill holes in the tree trunk. It has also been used to separate the tree from the figure's clothing.

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