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Source Image: PR305_03_05 of Garland Sarcophagus (15) of Aphrodisias: Sarcophagi

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Description

Left end of a garland sarcophagus.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Garland Sarcophagus (15) 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 120 - circa ad 250 
Keywords
PuttoClampGarlandGarland Sarcophagus  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

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

2. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The righthand garland is more carefully worked with the flat chisel.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes are visible in the garland and the foliage beneath the putto but no work has been done to carve between these holes.

4. Clamp socket

Process
Securing
Description
The clamp hole at the top of the chest shows that the lid was fixed to the chest and so this sarcophagus was probably used for a burial.

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