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Source Image: PR304_01_12 of Decorated Pier (East) of Aphrodisias: Theatre Bath Reliefs

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Description

South side of the eastern decorated pier in the Theatres 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
AnimalFoliageMouldingPier  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Heavy drill use to achieve a striking pattern of light and dark is visible on this section of decoration. The drill must have been used in the foliage and around the animal above, as well as in the moulding running around this scene.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool has been used following drilling to carve away the drill holes and create the deep grooves around and between the key details of the scene.

Notes

The decorated border on this pier is slightly different on its two decorated faces (the west and the south), indicating perhaps that two or more carvers were working on it at the same time and interpreting the instructions for it, presumably a sketch, differently.

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