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Source Image: PR301_02_03 of Herakles and Antaios panel of Aphrodisias: Sebasteion

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Description

Detail of the Sebasteion panel depicting Herakles and Antaios.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Sebasteion 
Monument Part
Herakles and Antaios panel 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 20 - circa ad 60 
Keywords
HeadHeraklesHerm  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Squaring
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
The side of the block preserves the marks of rough point chiselling undertaken during the squaring of the block.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
The background between Herakles and the herm is left roughly worked with the point chisel.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Flattening
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The tooth chisel is used to flatten the top section of the background.

4. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes are visible in the beards of both the herm and Herakles and the mouth and eyes of the latter.

Notes

This close-up shows how little stone was cut away behind the figures on this panel. Very little work has been done to flatten the background in and around the figures or separate Herakles' head from the background.

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