• A Silver Service and a Gold Coin

    Author(s):
    Justin Walsh (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome, Archaeology, Classical archaeology
    Subject(s):
    Ancient Roman, Museums, Roman art
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Roman archaeology, unprovenanced antiquities
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6TJ7R
    Abstract:
    The published history of a set of silver and gold objects acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1975 contains an unusual reference to a gold coin, supposedly found with the set but not purchased by the museum. The coin, which is both rare and well dated, ostensibly offers a date and location for the ancient deposition of the silver service. Almost five years of research into the stories of the Getty objects and the coin has revealed important information about these particular items, but it also offers a cautionary example for scholars who might hope to reconstruct the find-spot of antiquities that are likely to have been looted.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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