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Source Image: PR307_03_04 of Head of a goddess of Aphrodisias: Hadrianic Baths

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Description

Side view of the head of a goddess from the Hadrianic Baths.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Hadrianic Baths 
Monument Part
Head of a goddess 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 118 - circa ad 200 
Keywords
HeadDeityPaint  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The hair was carved with a round-headed chisel before drilling.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The deep grooves in the hair are achieved using a drill.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Following drilling a channelling tool was used to create the long lines in the hair.

4. Toolmarks

Process
Polishing
Tool
Abrasives
Description
The smoothness of the face can only have been achieved using abrasives.

5. Paint residue

Process
Painting
Description
The hair has been painted a brown-red colour. The pupils and irises in the eyes have also been detailed with black and brown paint.

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