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Source Image: PR307_02_10 of Re-Carved Head of Aphrodisias: Miscellaneous Statuary

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Description

Re-carved head of a bearded man from the theatre.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Miscellaneous Statuary 
Monument Part
Re-Carved Head 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 400 - circa ad 500 
Keywords
HeadRe-Carving  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Hard
Description
The back of the head has been re-shaped with the tooth chisel and whatever hair was here previously was removed.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Abrasives
Description
The face is smoothed with abrasives. Whether this was done before or after the hair was altered is unclear.

Notes

This portrait was in the process of being re-carved when it was abandoned. The hair has certainly been partly altered: the back of the head has been cut down to a flat level and the fringe has been altered. The extent to which the face has also be re-carved is unclear - it might be a new face carved into the front of an older portrait or it might be that this was the original portrait and only the hair had been altered at this stage. The stylistic features of the face are consistent with a fifth-century date, however.

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