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Source Image: PR304_01_14 of Decorated Pier (East) of Aphrodisias: Theatre Bath Reliefs

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Description

Detail of the west side of the eastern decorated pier in 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
FoliagePier  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A fine round-headed chisel is used on the surface of the leaf to give it texture and define its veins.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
A drill must have been used to give depth to the channels around the leaf and between its fronds.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Following drill work a channelling tool was used to carve the deep grooves around the leaf, so that no individual drill holes are visible.

Notes

The way in which the leaves are handled on this pier is very similarly to the way we see carvers making leaves on the Column of Trajan. The drill and channelling tool are used to define the edges of the leaf and provide some depth around it while a round-headed chisel is used on the surface of the leaf to provide texture and model the veins of the leaf.

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