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Source Image: PR307_01_13 of Unfinished Artemis of Aphrodisias: Sculptor's Workshop

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Description

Roughed-out statue of Artemis from the Sculptor's Workshop.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Sculptor's Workshop 
Monument Part
Unfinished Artemis 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 200 - circa ad 450 
Keywords
Artemis/Diana  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum depot 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Medium
Description
The remains of roughing-out with the point chisel are visible on the stone between the figure's legs and under the left arm.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The forms of the figure itself are roughly worked with the flat chisel.

Notes

Work on this statue clearly progressed from the front to the back with the whole form realised essentially in two-dimensions before it was fully shaped into three dimensions. This way of working whereby each detail is defined as the carver works into the stone rather than in phases of shaping, with the carver working systematically all around the figure, is typical of Roman relief sculpture. Another point to note is that this statue is of the Diana of Versailles type and clearly demonstrates a familiarity with the famous ideal statues of Classical and Hellenistic type in the 3rd-5th centuries AD when the Sculptor's Workshop was operating. Even though it is based on a standard type there are no signs of guidelines or measuring points on this piece.

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