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Source Image: PR304_01_20 of Decorated Pier (East) of Aphrodisias: Theatre Bath Reliefs

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Description

Close-up of foliage on the south 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
FoliageMouldingPier  
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
Roundel marks are visible on the leaves of the central plant.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Heavy drill use is visible in the foliage and the border moulding.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Following drilling a channelling tool was employed to carve between the drill holes and create the deep grooves in the decoration. An especially long channel runs in a curve through the middle of the central plant.

Notes

The two decorated sides of this pier are finished quite differently, perhaps indicating that two or more carvers were involved. This southern side is generally flatter, with the border moulding less carefully modelled and more heavily delineated that on the western side.

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