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Source Image: PR304_01_06 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
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Lots of drilling has been used to achieve the depth of relief visible in this garland, as well as in the mouth of the mask.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool has been used following drilling so that very few individual drill holes are visible in the garland.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Abrasives
Description
The face of the mask is smoothed with abrasives.

Notes

There is a marked difference in technique and quality between the different blocks of the mask and garland frieze of the South Agora, suggesting that a range of carvers were involved in this major municipal project. This is one of the highest quality examples.

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