By FAYA CAUSEY With technical analysis by Jeff Maish, Herant Khanjian, and Michael Schilling
This online catalogue opens with a general
introduction to amber in the ancient world and then presents fifty-six
Etruscan, Greek, and Italic carved ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum —
the second largest collection of this material in the United States and
one of the most important in the world. Each piece is given a full
description, including typology, style, chronology, and iconography, and
is beautifully illustrated in color. The catalogue concludes with
technical notes about scientific investigations of these objects and the
Baltic amber from which they are carved.
With extensive notes, bibliographies, and
condition reports on each object, this interactive reference provides
scholars with a wealth of information. Images have zoom functionality,
allowing objects to be viewed in detail and from various angles. As new
scholarship becomes available, the catalogue will be updated.
Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum is the
first of several planned online scholarly collection catalogues from
the Getty. The J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Publications are committed
to making available scholarly information on objects in the Museum’s
collections through this series of online catalogues. Each one provides a
general introduction, scholarly commentary on the featured objects, and
high-definition images that allow users to zoom in to view the object
in full detail.
The primary focus of the project is notice and comment on open access material relating to the ancient world, but I will also include other kinds of networked information as it comes available.
The ancient world is conceived here as it is at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, my academic home at the time AWOL was launched. That is, from the Pillars of Hercules to the Pacific, from the beginnings of human habitation to the late antique / early Islamic period.
AWOL is the successor to Abzu, a guide to networked open access data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East and the Ancient Mediterranean world, founded at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago in 1994. Together they represent the longest sustained effort to map the development of open digital scholarship in any discipline.