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Source Image: PR305_04_18 of Kline Lid (1) of Aphrodisias: Sarcophagi

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Description

Kline lid.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Kline Lid (1) 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 150 - circa ad 250 
Keywords
FigureKline Lid  
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 male figure on this lid has been left with a roughed-out head.

Notes

The portrait of this figure has not been finished. This is common on portrait busts on chests at Aphrodisias but kline lids are quite rare here. Why this portrait was never finished is unclear. One option is that it was supposed to be done after the individual died but never was; another option is that whoever was buried in this sarcophagus simply acquired a lid in this form and never bothered to have a portrait added; finally this might even be a deliberate statement reflecting a reluctance to depict the deceased.

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