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Source Image: PR301_07_08 of South Building of Aphrodisias: Sebasteion

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Description

Architectural block from the Sebasteion.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Sebasteion 
Monument Part
South Building 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 20 - circa ad 60 
Keywords
HeadMouldingPodium  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The face in the middle of this block and the area around, originally occupied by a rough boss, have been quickly worked with a flat chisel.

Notes

This part-finished block shows that on the architectural blocks of the Sebasteion the mouldings and flat surfaces were dealt with before work began on the figurative details, such as the central boss here. This boss was clearly left rough for a specialist carver who had begun to carve a face into it when the block was needed and inserted into the building - the rough surface around this face shows the original size of this boss.

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