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Source Image: PR303_01_10 of Centauromachy Relief (1) of Aphrodisias: Agora Gate

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Description

Detail of relief panel depicting centauromachy from the Agora Gate.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Agora Gate 
Monument Part
Centauromachy Relief (1) 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
bc None 
Keywords
HeadCentaur  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum depot 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The cloak of the figure on the left is worked with the flat chisel but has not been further detailed with the drill or channelling tool.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Running Drill
Description
The drill holes in the hair suggest that the drill was being used at a shallow angle to the stone that is normally seen to make channels - a method called a 'running' drill.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Vertical drill holes are visible in the knot in the lefthand figure's cloak and in the noses of both figures.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The skin of these centaurs is smoothed with the flat chisel, though the weathering of their surfaces makes it difficult to be sure of this.

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