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Source Image: PR307_02_18 of Unfinished Hermes of Aphrodisias: Miscellaneous Statuary

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Description

Detail of the unfinished Hermes from the West Necropolis.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Miscellaneous Statuary 
Monument Part
Unfinished Hermes 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 100 - circa ad 300 
Keywords
BodyHermesMeasuring Point  
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
Rough point chiselling is visible on the background to the left of the figure.

2. Measuring point

Process
Measurement
Description
Five measuring points are visible on the figure's right leg and at least further three on his left leg. These appear to have been marked out during or perhaps even before the roughing-out process.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The figure's lower left leg has been worked with the point chisel but not taken any further.

Notes

A series of measuring points are visible on the legs of this figure. These seem to have acted as reference points during the carving process but exactly how they were employed is unknown. Groups of three measuring points are quite common and they are often located on the thighs of the figure's being carved, suggesting that working out the exact proportions of this area was crucial to getting the rest of the figure correct.

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