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Source Image: PR304_01_05 of Mask and Garland Frieze (Aphrodisias) of Aphrodisias: South Agora

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Description

Detail of a block of the mask and garland frieze from the South Agora.

Monument
Aphrodisias: South Agora 
Monument Part
Mask and Garland Frieze (Aphrodisias) 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
post ad 14 
Keywords
MaskGarlandEntablature  
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
Rough point chisel work is visible on the bottom of the masks which seem to be unfinished on this block. The carver seems to have been working from the top of the mask down, since the hair is modelled while the bottom of the mask is not.

Notes

On this block of this mask and garland frieze there is a clear difference in finish between the masks and garlands, which is a feature noticeable elsewhere on these blocks. This might suggest a division of labour between specialist garland and figure carvers. There is also a marked difference in technique and quality between blocks, suggesting that a range of carvers were involved in this major municipal project.

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