Journal Article

Collecting Egypt

Helen Persson

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 24, issue 1, pages 3-13
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online December 2010 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhq038
Collecting Egypt

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This short article explores the history of the first-millennium AD textiles from Egypt housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It introduces four of the major donors with the aid of acquisition records held in the V&A's archives. These contributors laid the foundation for the Museum's rich collection of ‘Coptic’ textiles. The acquisition files are also essential to our understanding of the dealings in and distributions of archaeological material, and to some extent they provide of a context for material which otherwise is generally of unrecorded provenance.

Journal Article.  6723 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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