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Source Image: PR307_01_18 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
BodyClothingArtemis/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: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The stone between the legs is roughly point chiselled.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The figure is worked with the flat chisel, with certain details more defined than others as the carvers works into the stone. On the legs the flat chisel is being used running along rather across the form, a characteristic feature of Roman carving.

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. Several part-finished Metropolitan sarcophagi are worked in just this way.

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