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Source Image: PR304_01_21 of Decorated Pier (East) of Aphrodisias: Theatre Bath Reliefs

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Description

Detail of the western 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
Block DivisionAnimalFoliageMouldingPier  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The fact that the carving runs without interruption across the joins between blocks and the decoration takes no account of the size of the individual blocks seems to indicate that all of this work was done in place, once the blocks had been erected.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Lots of drill work is visible on this section of the pier, even individual drill holes not removed by later channelling work.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The deep channels in the foliage and border moulding are carved with a channelling tool following drill work.

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