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Source Image: PR307_01_24 of Unfinished Poseidon of Aphrodisias: Sculptor's Workshop

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Description

Detail of the unfinished Poseidon (or Perseus?) from the Sculptor's Workshop.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Sculptor's Workshop 
Monument Part
Unfinished Poseidon 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 100 - circa ad 300 
Keywords
BodyPoseidon/Neptune  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
The remains of rough shaping with the point chisel are visible on the side of this figure.

Notes

This statue, which is very damaged, appears to have sat in the Sculptor's Workshop for some time. On the base a range of different toolmarks are visible which might indicate that it was used as a test piece by carvers (perhaps apprentices?) in the workshop. It is also usually dated on stylistic grounds to the 2nd or 3rd centuries AD and might, therefore, pre-date the workshop.

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