Material consequences of contemporary classical collecting

Chippindale, Christopher and GIll, David W. J. (2000) Material consequences of contemporary classical collecting. American Journal of Archaeology, 104 (3). pp. 463-511. ISSN 0002-9114

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The nature of contemporary classical collecting is explored by studying seven celebrated new collections and exhibitions. The concept of provenance is defined in terms of an object's origins, or findspot, and its modern story, or history. The several hundred objects in these collections are analyzed in terms of their findspot and history since unearthing. These show that the dismaying picture previously demonstrated for Cycladic antiquities applies to classical objects across the board: the overwhelming majority have no declared or credible findspots and simply surface as orphans without history. Some of the many material aspects of this central fact are explored.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: antiquities,collecting
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 23:50
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2023 09:44
DOI: 10.2307/507226

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