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Source Image: PR304_01_09 of Decorated Pier (East) of Aphrodisias: Theatre Bath Reliefs

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Description

View of the north side of the eastern decorated pier of the Theatre Baths.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Theatre Bath Reliefs 
Monument Part
Decorated Pier (East) 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 118 - circa ad 138 
Keywords
PuttoBlock DivisionFoliagePier  
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 surface on the left side of this pier has been left roughed-out with the point chisel, ready for detailed carving that never took place. The border, in contrast, has been more finely worked, but still not as ornamental as on the south and west side of the pier.

2. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The detailed carving on the right of the pier crosses between blocks without interruption and must have been carved in place. The block lines also show that a number of differently sized blocks were used for this pier. It seems likely, then, that the blocks were put in place in the condition found on the left side of this pier.

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