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Source Image: PR205_1_14_11 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of a Roman auxiliary burning a Dacian building.

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
Roman SoldierBuilding  
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
Marks of the flat chisel can be seen on the sleeve of this auxiliary.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The smoothed surface of the building might be achieved through careful flat chiseling, possibly scraping, but it may also have been done with abrasives.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool was used to differentiate between the outline of the figure and the background.

Notes

The way in which different areas of the background were finished differently can be seen clearly here: the Dacian building is extremely smooth while the remaining scenery is much more roughly handled. This varying of finishes helps to give the Column of Trajan is lively overall appearance.

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