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Source Image: PR205_1_14_15 of Column of Trajan

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Description

A battle scene.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The surface of the fluting looks like it has been shaped using a tooth chisel but never smoothed over with the flat chisel.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Rasp
Description
The toolmarks visible on the wooden structure behind this figure seem to indicate smoothing with a rasp.

Notes

Larger view of PR205_1_14_14. This image comes from right at the top of the Column of Trajan and the ring of fluting above the frieze can seen at the top. Since the figures in this scene clearly project beyond the level of the deepest part of the fluting we can conclude that this fluting is not part of a previous surface into which the frieze was cut; it must instead be a deliberate stylistic addition, one copied on the Column of Marcus Aurelius.

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