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Source Image: PR303_01_24 of Theatrical Figure Relief of Aphrodisias: Miscellaneous Reliefs

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Description

Detail of relief depicting a barbarian or allegorical figure with a theatrical mask.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Miscellaneous Reliefs 
Monument Part
Theatrical Figure Relief 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
post bc 50 - pre ad 400 
Keywords
ClothingMask  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum depot 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Squaring
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Medium
Description
The surface of the background is worked with the point chisel in two different ways. Towards the top left of this image are marks of the point chisel being used closer to the vertical.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Squaring
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Hard
Description
Nearer the figure the point chisel is being used at a shallow angle, creating lines in the stone rather than the pock marked surface seen above.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The surface of the figure's clothing and the mask is worked with the flat chisel and perhaps also a slightly round-headed chisel.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Running Drill
Description
The drill marks in the hair of the mask look like they were made by a running drill, that is a drill used at a shallower angle to create channels.

4. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool was used in the drapery, perhaps following drilling.

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