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Source Image: PR205_1_16_09 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of a legionary building a fort.

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
ClothingRoman SoldierBuildingBuildingTool  
Collections
Column of Trajan, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The lines between the fingers of this figure's hand seem to have been cut using a channelling tool of some sort.

Notes

The tool being used by this soldier looks like a point chisel, suitable for stone- rather than wood-carving. Perhaps the figure carver thought that the background carver was going to put a stone wall in here and he instead opted for a wooden one (implying a lack of specific instructions), or perhaps the carver was simply more interested in depicting stone-carving tools.

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