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Source Image: PR303_02_05 of Aion Panel of Aphrodisias: Zoilos Monument

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Description

Detail of the panel depicting Aion from the Monument of C. Iulius Zoilos.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Zoilos Monument 
Monument Part
Aion Panel 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa bc 30 
Keywords
BodyAion  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The base of this relief has been left rough while the rest of the surface - including on the feet - is carefully carved. This area would probably not have been visible from the ground.

Notes

Particular attention has been paid to modelling the feet of this figure, with his left foot slightly overlapping the edge of the frieze, a deliberate detail intended to give the subject a lifelike quality. Peter Rockwell notes that, when at art school, he was taught that when carving relief figures to go high on a monument it was good idea to carve their foot projecting slightly to provide the viewer with a reference point that would allow them to appreciate the full height of the figure.

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