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Source Image: PR304_01_19 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
PuttoFoliageMoulding  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The figures and leaves are modelled with the roundel and do not seem to be smoothed any further.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes are visible in the border moulding and around the main details of the scene.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Following drilling a channelling tool has been used to carve out the drill holes and create deep channels.

Notes

Compared to the decoration on the southern side of this pier, this main face is much more carefully worked with far more attention paid to the decoration of the border moulding. This might indicate that two or more carvers were working on this pier at the same time, with perhaps the best one concentrating on this face.

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