The Metrological Relief

(Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; number: AN.Michaelis 83)

  How was it made?
  The Metrological Relief (a000103)
  • The angle at the apex measures 140 degrees. This is one of the angles of a nine-sided polygon, and such a figure was presumably drawn out as part of the planning process.
  • Then the sculptor would have drawn out the figure and gradually cut it back with hammer and chisel, delineating the musculature and finishing the surface with an increasingly delicate touch.
  • Details such as the facial features, the outline foot, the lines on the hands would then be added. The fist measurement would have been carved out at a very late stage.
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