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A petrographic study of the casting core of the Lupa Capitolina bronze sculpture (Rome, Italy) and identification of its provenance

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Within the framework of a major project of investigations on the Lupa Capitolina (Capitoline She-Wolf) bronze sculpture, samples of the casting core collected from its interior were analysed. The results of X-ray diffractometry, thermal analyses, chemistry and thin sections revealed that the casting core is homogeneous, as if it came from the same microenvironment. The composition of the casting core led to circumscription of the provenance area of the material used in the preparation of the sculpture's inner mould, and thus the location of the bronze foundry area in the lower Tiber valley, close to Rome.
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Keywords: BRONZE SCULPTURE; CASTING CORE; CHEMISTRY; ITALY; LUPA CAPITOLINA; PETROGRAPHY; PROVENANCE; THERMAL ANALYSES; X-RAY DIFFRACTOMETRY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Universit√† degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’, P. le A. Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy

Publication date: 01 November 2002

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