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Source Image: PR303_03_04 of Columnar Sarcophagus (1) of Aphrodisias: Sarcophagi

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Description

Detail of a fragment of a columnar sarcophagus.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Columnar Sarcophagus (1) 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 120 - circa ad 250 
Keywords
Nike/VictoryColumnColumnar Sarcophagus  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The column on the right has been roughly worked with the point chisel but not carved any further.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Flat chisel marks are visible on the palm and the body of the figure.

Notes

The fact that the architectural detailing on this fragment has only been roughed-out while the figure is finished might indicate a division of labour between two carver or the use of a specialist artist but it could also result from the sarcophagus being needed urgently and work on the background being halted to speed things up.

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