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University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Benjamin W. Porter (Project Director: May 2016 to present)

The Phoebe Hearst Museum’s Classical Mediterranean Metal Collections: A Request for Preservation Supplies

Purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment for a collection of metalwork, consisting of 720 decorative and utilitarian objects, and 3,200 coins, documenting Classical cultures of the Mediterranean, that would be rehoused as a part of the project.  Etruscan and Roman items include lamps, vessels, furniture fittings, mirrors, pendants, and statuettes, while the coins represent Greek and Roman cultures, including two complete coin hoards from Ptolemaic Egypt.  The collections are used for research and teaching, especially for art history, Classics, and ancient history courses.

The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology houses an important collection of over 700 metal objects and 3200 coins. These objects are currently stored in acidic cardboard trays and unsealed cabinets without climate control. Many are currently too fragile to be safely handled directly. The Museum recently purchased sealed archival steel cabinets with the assistance of a small gift. The Hearst Museum now seeks funding for archival materials to rehouse the artifacts with appropriate supports or enclosures in the new cabinets. Objects will also be photographed to improve the quality of the collection’s documentation. This work will insure the long term preservation of the collection and improve access to it for classroom instruction, research, and public exhibition.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Classics

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,693 (approved)
$5,681 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018