On the Fascination of Objects [Hardback]

John Boardman (Editor); Andrew Parkin (Editor); Sally Waite (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781785700064 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2015 | Language: English 192p, H242 x W170 (mm)

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On the Fascination of Objects


The Shefton Collection in Newcastle upon Tyne contains a fine array of Greek and Etruscan objects and takes its name from its founder Professor Brian Shefton (1919 – 2012). In spite of the importance of this collection it has not been widely published and remains something of a hidden gem. Brian Shefton was an insightful collector, as well as a distinguished scholar of Greek and Etruscan archaeology, and the 14 papers presented here reflect the broad scope of the collection; ranging across pottery, jewellery, terracottas and metalwork. The contributions, written by leading experts in the field, focus on specific objects or groups of objects in the Collection, providing new interpretations and bringing previously unpublished items to light. The history of the Shefton Collection is explored. Together these contributions provide a tribute to a remarkable individual who made a substantial and notable contribution to his discipline.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
John Prag
1. Introduction
 Tony Spawforth and Andrew Parkin
2.  Little Boxes, Little Boxes
Elizabeth Moignard
3.  Evocative Objects.  The Attic Black-Glazed Plemochoai (Exaleiptra) between Archaeology and Vase Painting
Diana Rodríguez Pérez
4.  An Attic Red-Figure Kalathos in the Shefton Collection
Sally Waite
5.  Farewells by the Achilles Painter
Susan B. Matheson
6. Note on an Askos in Newcastle
François Lissarrague
7. Some Early Attic Red-Figure Stemless Cups
Brian A. Sparkes
8. The Nostell Priory Bolsal
David W. J. Gill
9.  Two Coral-Red Bowls in the Shefton Collection
Athena Tsingarida
10.  The Shefton Dolphin Rider
Judith M. Barringer
11. Lydian Gold to Newcastle
Dyfri Williams
12.  Three Etruscan Mirrors in the Shefton Collection
Andrew Parkin
13.  Brian Benjamin Shefton and the Etruscan Bronze Funnels
Alessandro Naso
14.  The Newcastle Gems
 John Boardman

Reviews & Quotes

"This book is not a catalogue of the collection, but something far more valuable, a book that shows how variously the mute objects in a museum can be made to talk and the wide range of past experience which they can be made to talkabout. Although no substitute for a visit to the Great North Museum in Newcastle, this recreates, rather wonderfully, the lost pleasures of conversing with, or perhaps rather being talked at by, the ever-eager and eye-twinkling Brian Shefton himself."
Robin Osborne
Journal of Greek Archaeology (06/12/2016)

"...an academically rigorous and beautifully presented volume... The production quality of this volume is excellent, with a pleasant and effective layout and ample photographic illustrations (more colour than b/w) and drawings."
Amy C. Smith
Bryn Mawr Classical Review (29/01/2018)

"[A] fascinating work from a distinguished set of contributors […] A fitting monument to the man and his legacy."
Gocha R Tsetskhladze
Ancient West & East (03/12/2020)

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