She was habited in a gaudy tissue of scarlet cloth, trimmed with yellow silk, which, descending a little below the knees, exposed to view her bare legs, embellished with spiral tattooing, and somewhat resembling two miniature Trajan's columns
Take, for instance, Untitled, 2003: A spiraling coil is roughly pressed together with rectangular blocks at the base and top, then decorated by scoring and cutting its surface--and yet it resembles a triumphal monument such as Trajan's Column
Taking Trajan's Column
as their model, free-standing monumental columns sprouted in cities across the world in the 19th century.
Perhaps, most importantly, the use of Trajan's Column
as the model for the glorification of Napoleon equated his greatness with that of one of the greatest rulers in antiquity.
It may have been the architect who was asked to provide access to the top of the Trajan's Column
, but without spoiling the carvings on the outside.
The column, which overlooks the city, is modeled after Trajan's column
Of monuments marking Roman victories, the Titus and Constantine triumphal arches speak for themselves, but the most impressive architectural feat is still Trajan's column
, constructed from twenty drums of marble, which immortalizes his two wars against the Dacians.
This was just after the end of the Second Dacian War of AD 105-106, in which a good many archer regiments are known, or may be inferred from epigraphic evidence, to have served; and Roman archers are depicted on Trajan's Column
The Romans learnt of the creature from their enemies in Parthia - the ancient Asian kingdom now part of Iran - and it was seen carved on Roman emperor Trajan's column
In a way, the clock recalls a grand historical precedent, like Trajan's Column
in Rome, which recounts the story of the Roman emperor's victorious military campaigns in bas-relief spiraling up its 30m height--except here, Coupland is celebrating the story of an ordinary town.
There's a scene carved on Trajan's column
that shows Roman soldiers loading wooden casks, possibly full of German wine, into a boat.
No prose since that on Trajan's column
," he writes, "has been so carefully chiseled.