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Source Image: PR304_02_04 of Medusa Console of Aphrodisias: Hadrianic Baths

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Description

Colossal figured console depicting Medusa from the Hadrianic Baths.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Hadrianic Baths 
Monument Part
Medusa Console 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 117 - circa ad 138 
Keywords
MedusaMouldingConsole  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Squaring
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
The rear half of this console, which would have been inserted into the wall, is only very roughly worked with the point chisel.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Flattening
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The flat surface on top of the band of moulding on the left is flattened with a tooth chisel.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
Marks of the roundel are visible on the hair of this figure.

4. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill use is visible in the hair.

5. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A channelling tool has been used following drilling in the hair to carve the deep grooves.

6. Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Abrasives
Description
The very smooth surface of the face of this figure appears to have been gone over with abrasives.

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