[Ancientartifacts] Re: Guide to Responsible Collecting - Working on Point (8)


As Tarquin is visiting the BAAF fair I'll try to field points raised
in his absence.

I think both emails so far show that the word "dispose" may not be
ideal as it could be misunderstood to mean "discard" i.e. destroy. I
don't think a fake should ever be destroyed (as Robyn points out it
can be used to educate), but it would make a potential mistake
irreversible, and that would not be acting responsibly.

Any suggestions for a concise re-wording which can not lead anyone to
think they should go on a wild unfettered fake-destroying rampage?!

The Egyptian mask: well, plenty of people would happily drill and
mount up an ancient mask! I'm often asked whether or not antiquities
should be mounted and I think the standard answer for most people is
as follows: If you can mount an item without causing irreversible
damage then no harm is being done. If the mounting requires some form
of intrusion such as a pin or pole insertion, then try to do this
along the line of a break, i.e. do not drill into an original surface.
Mounting can usually be acheived without drilling though it involves
more work or a more inventive approach. In the case of a mummy mask,
you could cut a piece of board, and attach the mask to the board via
a series of angled pins around the outline of the mask, thus avoiding
any drilling; the board could be hung on the wall as you would any
picture. If the decoration is very fragile around the edge of the
mask then one may have to reconsider this method or apply soft
material of some sort to the pins to avoid excessive abrasion. The
board can be painted the same colour as your walls or a colour which
emphasises the mask's decoration etc etc.


Rolf Kiaer

--- In Ancientartifacts@yahoogroups.com, "niuboy08" <niuboy08@...>
> For a piece which I aquired a few years ago...an Egyptian Mummy
> I now believe it to be fake. I believe this because I can't find
> any information about the dealer who issued the COA, the price i
> at the time was too low compared to similiar pieces I've seen, I
> purchased it off of ebay (large percentage of fakes, so doubting I
> got lucky), comments from people on this group agree that more than
> likely its fake, and the wood doesn't seem old enough. My plan
> the item if I'm 100% convinced its fake is to put something on the
> back of it and hang it on the wall for decoration. The problem is
> worry about, what if its real? So, before putting something in the
> back of it, I plan to have someone look at in person and give me a
> more definitive yes or no, but I highly believe its fake.
> --- In Ancientartifacts@yahoogroups.com, Rlcirulli1@ wrote:
> >
> > Hi Tarquin,
> >
> > On this point:
> >
> > If
> > you are unable to return it, dispose of it with consideration so
> that it can
> > not be used to
> > deceive again.
> >
> >
> > Could I suggest you add here about marking it properly, the way
> is worded
> > here, it sounds like we are just suggesting that if you get a
> you
> > should dispose of it, instead of marking it and possibly using as
> learning or
> > teaching example. This is especially true if we are going to
> on them to
> > click on a link to get to the FAQs
> >
> > Robyn
> >
> >
> >
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