The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
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A Silver Service and a Gold Coin? Recontextualizing Silver Vessels in the Getty Museum

March 22, 2018 19:00

ASCSA, Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou, 106 76 Athens


Presented by



Justin St. P. Walsh

Dylan Rogers, 213-000-2400, ext. 209

Justin St. P. Walsh, Chapman University
"A Silver Service...and a Gold Coin? Research towards the Recontextualization of Luxury Vessels in the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum"

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 findspot of antiquities that are likely to have been looted.

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