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Source Image: PR301_08_15 of Aphrodisias: Sebasteion

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Description

Detail of inscription on the Sebasteion.

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

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Point chiselling can be seen on the side of the block.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
A flat chiselled border was carved around the point chiselled surface on the end of the block so that the edges were carefully shaped.

3. Lifting boss

Process
Placement
Description
A lifting boss, on the bottom right, has been left on this section of the entablature but was presumably used during the process of lifting the block into place on the building.

4. Toolmarks

Process
Lettering
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The lettering is carved using the corner of a flat chisel. Whether this was done better or after the block was lifted into place is unclear but the letters do cross the joints between blocks and so it would have been easier to carve after the blocks were inserted into the building.

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