Restoring the Ruin

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Shaping missing pieces
Before carving a new piece of marble to fill a gap, team members first fashion a plaster cast of the absent piece, like the brown cast seen to the far right here. As they have in many instances throughout this project, they then turn to an ancient tool and technique. They use an antique mason's device called a pantograph, seen here, to record the three-dimensional shape of the cast. They then painstakingly transfer that shape, point by point, to the new marble.

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