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The classification of objects on which an inscription can be written is extremely complex in many cases. For example, within the scope of the inscription which would fall under Statue Base, there are few cases in which what survives is an ‘Inscribed plaque’ – an inscription once affixed to a base (made of a different material) – and in other cases our ‘statue base’ in a wider context would more naturally be defined in another way: in particular ‘Triumphal arch’ (say, for the Arch of Constantine, that once supported statues), ‘City gate’ (like those of Rome, with statues of the emperors), or ‘Columnar monument’ (e.g. Trajan’s Column – which of course supported a statue).
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Date of creation: 10/12/2013
Terms: 1683 (February 2014)