The well known roan fort the Saalburg near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, has
also a part externally plastered wall in white with mortar joints painted
in red. The reconstruction is based on excavated finds.
Margot Klee, Die Saalburg, Stuttgart 1995.
The letters on Roman inscription were originally painted red, as museums
have restored them now, e.g. the RGMuseum in Cologne.
A lot of sculpture,of not all including terra cotta figurines, was
originally painted. The Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier, Germany, left the
sculpture from Neumagen as it was found, but painted the reconstructed
From: Rose, Edwin [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2004 3:54 PM
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Subject: re Red Inscriptions
I mentioned before that the older donations of Roman altars in the BM had
their inscriptions restored in red.
Reading over Xmas Paul Bidwell's Roman Forts in Britain, he says that some
forts were externally plastered white anbd had false mortar joints painted
in red (but he does not give a source). So perhaps the practice has
precedent, as they did in that case have permanent red stonepaint
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