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Source Image: PR307_01_16 of Unfinished Artemis of Aphrodisias: Sculptor's Workshop

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Description

Detail of the unfinished 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
ClothingArtemis/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: Gentle
Description
Point chisel marks on areas of the figure suggest that it was roughed-out initially with the point.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The clothing of the figure has been roughly shaped with the flat chisel. No further work has been undertaken on this figure but further fine chiselling, drilling and perhaps abrasive smoothing might be expected.

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.

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