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Source Image: PR301_09_01 of Aphrodisias: Sebasteion

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Description

Architectural blocks with roughed-out bosses from the Sebasteion.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Sebasteion 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 20 - circa ad 60 
Keywords
Podium  
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 marks left by rough squaring with the point chisel can be seen on the sides of these blocks.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
The bosses in the middle of these scenes are worked with the point chisel but taken no further.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Flattening
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The flat surfaces on these blocks are flattened with the tooth chisel.

Notes

These part-finished blocks show a clear division between work on the architectural forms and work on the figurative forms. The work on the architectural side has been finished on these blocks and bosses left for figurative designs at their centres but for some reason these never got carved.

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