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Modern Imitation of an Italic Statuette

Object Details

Title:

Modern Imitation of an Italic Statuette

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Date:

Modern

Medium:

Resin, with copal and amber

Object Number:

82.AO.51

Dimensions:

280 × 135 mm (11 × 5 5/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Vasek Polak

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Object Description

Modern imitation of an Italic or Etruscan amber statuette comprised of two large fragments, both with numerous cracks, that have been joined at the figure's waist. It depicts a seated male figure, perhaps Dionysos, whose right foot is advanced. The lower arms are missing.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1982

Vasek Polak, 1914 - 1997 (Hermosa Beach, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1982.

Bibliography
Bibliography

Shedrinsky, Alexander M., et. al. "Application of Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography and Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry to the Unmasking of Amber Forgeries." Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 25 (1993). pp. 77-95.

Causey, Faya. Amber and the Ancient World (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), pp. 64, fig. 27.

Causey, Faya. Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012), no. 57.