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Scene 69
This webpage reproduces a section of
A Description of the Trajan Column
by John Hungerford Pollen

printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode,
printers to Queen Victoria
London, 1874

Text and engravings are in the public domain.
Any color photographs are © William P. Thayer 1997-


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Scene 71

SCENES OF THE SPIRAL BAND RUNNING UP THE SHAFT

LXX. The emperor offers sacrifice

Immediately inside the arched entrance to the place an altar is dressed and hung with garlands. Several children are round the altar. Behind are native colonists with their wives and children coming to do honour to the sacrifice. One woman holds a child in her arms, whose attitude has suggested some of the compositions of the Madonna of Raphael, a veil over her head confines the hair, and falls gracefully down the back of the neck. She wears a long peplum, and an upper robe is knotted generally in front below her waist. The back of another shows this loose robe knotted also between the shoulder blades, to prevent it from falling over the arms, and it is gathered at the waist.


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