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Source Image: PR305_02_22 of Garland Sarcophagus (13) of Aphrodisias: Sarcophagi

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Description

Fragment of the front of a garland sarcophagus.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Garland Sarcophagus (13) 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 120 - circa ad 250 
Keywords
PuttoGarlandGarland Sarcophagus  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Medium
Description
The remains of the first stage of roughing-out can be seen on, and on the background around, the lefthand medallion boss as well as between the legs of the putti.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The figures and garland are quite roughly worked with the flat chisel.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes are visible in the garland. No further work has been done to carve between these holes.

Notes

Work on this piece appears to have been abandoned during the drilling process since only half of the garland on the right has been drilled. Why work stopped is not clear but it is possible that the sarcophagus was needed suddenly or perhaps the whole project was aborted because of a fault in the stone.

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