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Source Image: PR307_02_09 of Unfinished Athlete of Aphrodisias: Miscellaneous Statuary

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Description

Detail of unfinished athlete modelled on the Polykleitan diskophoros from the Sculptor's Workshop.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Miscellaneous Statuary 
Monument Part
Unfinished Athlete 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 120 - circa ad 300 
Keywords
BodyAthlete  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
Very rough point chisel work is visible on the right side of this relief, away from the figure.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Hard
Description
Closer to the figure the point chisel was used at shallower angle, which created the lines visible on the stone.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
Finer point chiselling is visible between the figure's legs and down the right side of his left leg.

Notes

Since it was common for carvers in the Roman period, especially at Aphrodisias, to define their subjects first in two dimensions and then three, working in from the front of the block, it is impossible to say for sure whether this was intended to be a relief or a free-standing statue. In this case a high relief seems most likely.

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