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Source Image: PR301_02_21 of Agon panel of Aphrodisias: Sebasteion

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Description

Detail of Eros on Sebasteion panel depicting Agon.

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

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Squaring
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
Rough marks of the point chisel used to square these blocks can be seen on the panels in the background.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Marks of the flat chisel, running along the form, can be seen on the border of this panel to the right.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes can be seen in the hair around the face of Eros.

4. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
In places a channelling tool has been used following the drill to carve deep grooves.

Notes

The lack of finish on the palm frond held by Eros in this detail shows how more attention was paid to some areas of the relief than others. Contrast this with the wing of Eros on which each feather is incised. This might be because a series of carvers were involved but more likely reflects the importance assigned to particular figures and their attributes by these carvers. There is no sense on any of the Sebasteion panels of a standard finish that had to be applied uniformly all across them. This panel is also notable for the depth of its relief. The figures are generally much more carefully modelled in deep relief than figures on other panels. The knees of Agon, in particular, have been accurately shaped.

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