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Title :

Modern mummies and ancient scarabs : the Egyptian collection of Sir William Hamilton

Author :
QUIRKE, Stephen ;
Publication year :
1997
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The Egyptian material that has survived from Sir William Hamilton's collection is restricted in both quantity and range, consisting of two small 18th c. forged mummies and 15 scarabs. Still, important questions are raised by the problem of determining how and why Hamilton acquired this material. Two types of constraint were operating on 18th c. collectors, the externally imposed limitations of accessibility and the self-imposed restrictions of aesthetic and scholarly selection. Although travel in Egypt remained difficult and perilous to the end of the 18th c., it still seems that out of the material available to them, certain classes of object were privileged and others eschewed by collectors. Thus while mummies might be classed as curiosities, Sir William may have considered the scarabs desirable acquisitions because they formed an historical appendage to the well-established and well-defined collector's category of classical engraved gems. ;
Pagination/Size :
3 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Antiquarianisme ; Art ; Collection ; Collectionneurs ; Collections ; Egyptien (art) ; Faux ; Grande-Bretagne ; Hamilton, William, 1730-1803 ; Momie ; Scarabée ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Antiquarianism ; Art ; Collection ; Collections ; Collectors ; Egyptian ; Forgery ; Great Britain ; Hamilton, William, 1730-1803 ; Mummies ; Scarabs ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of the history of collections, 1997, 9, 2
INIST identifier :
24993257 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0954-6650 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;