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Welcome to the Ambers Catalogue

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.

Introduction

Catalogue

Technical Essay

Bibliography

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Welcome to Amber

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.

Introduction

  1. Amber and the Ancient World
  2. Jewelry: Never Just Jewelry
  3. Amber Magic?
  4. What Is Amber?
  5. Where Is Amber Found?
  6. The Properties of Amber
  7. Ancient Names for Amber
  8. Color and Other Optical Characteristics: Ancient Perception and Reception
  9. Ancient Literary Sources on the Origins of Amber
  10. Amber and Forgery
  11. The Ancient Transport of Amber
  12. Literary Sources on the Use of Amber
  13. Amber Medicine, Amber Amulets
  14. The Bronze Age
  15. Early Iron Age and the Orientalizing Period
  16. The Archaic and Afterward
  17. The Working of Amber: Ancient Evidence and Modern Analysis
  18. The Production of Ancient Figured Amber Objects

Catalogue

Technical Essay

Analysis of Selected Ambers from the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum

By Jeff Maish, Herant Khanjian, and Michael Schilling

  1. Introduction
  2. Amber Characteristics
  3. Amber Deterioration and Conservation
  4. Scientific Analysis of Amber
  5. Current Research
  6. Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometry Procedure
  7. THM-Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry Procedure
  8. Conclusions

Bibliography

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ANCIENT CARVED AMBERS IN THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM