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Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum

  • Faya Causey

    This catalogue presents a group of remarkable amber carvings from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection—the second largest body of this material in the United States and one of the most important in the world. The fifty-six Etruscan, Greek, and Italic carved ambers date from around 650 to 300 B.C.

    Offering a full description of each piece, including typology, style, chronology, provenance, condition, and iconography, the catalogue is preceded by a general introduction to ancient amber. Through exquisite visual examples and vivid excerpts from classical texts, this book examines the myths and legends woven around amber—its employment in magic and medicine, its transport and carving, and its incorporation into jewelry, amulets, and other objects of prestige.

    This open-access catalogue is available for free online and in multiple formats for download, including PDF, MOBI/Kindle, and EPUB. For readers who wish to have a bound reference copy, this paperback edition has been made available for sale.  

    306 pages
    8 1/2 x 11 inches
    124 color 
illustrations, 10 charts
    
ISBN 978-1-60606-634-8
    
paperback 

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum

    2020

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