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Source Image: PR205_1_15_05 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of a Roman auxiliary in battle.

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

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Several deep channels can be seen around the figures achieved using some form of channelling tool.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The flat chisel is used to smooth and finish the background of the frieze.

Notes

This auxiliary was designed to be holding a weapon but never had his hand drilled so that one could be fixed in. This is a common phenomenon and indicates that at some point it was decided not to give weapons to all of the figures that needed them, which in turn suggests the addition of inserts was a second phase of activity.

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