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Source Image: PR302_01_06 of Aphrodisias: Agora Gate

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Description

View of the south end of the Agora Gate.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Agora Gate 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
post ad 14 - pre ad 500 
Keywords
Block DivisionGuidelineLifting bossFlutingColumn ShaftAshlar Wall  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Lifting boss

Process
Placement
Description
Lifting bosses are visible on several of the blocks in the background. These irregularly sized blocks were evidently put in place before any detailed work on smoothing their surfaces was undertaken.

2. Guideline

Process
Laying-out
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Guidelines are visible on the upper drum of the fragmentary column shaft to the left. These lines were carved for the laying-out for the fluting which was probably done in place since it would have been difficult to ensure that the flutes were vertical otherwise. Similar techniques for laying-out fluting can be seen on other columns at Aphrodisias, including those on the Sebasteion. A more complicated series of guidelines can be seen on the columns of the Temple of Vespasian at Rome.

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