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Material: Pavonazzetto

So-called Pavonazzetto is a breccia conglomerate containing white marble clasts in a red-purple matrix. Is was quarried at Iscehisar, ancient Dokimeion/Docimium, alongside a fine-grained white marble. Pavonazzetto was extracted in huge quantities between the 1st century BC and the 6th centuries AD and was widely exported beyond Asia Minor. It is used across Asia Minor but especially at Rome, where it was favoured for monolithic columns and panels for revetment and flooring. From at least the 1st century AD the quarrying of this material was controlled by the imperial administration but it still ends up in non-imperial contexts in significant quantities.

Alternate Names

Marmor Phrygium

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