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The integration of ancient Egyptian artefacts into modern jewellery: forgery or history?

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posted on 2022-08-05, 06:11 authored by Candice Louise Green

This thesis analyses a sample of modern jewellery items which incorporate ancient Egyptian artefacts into their construction and concludes that the current classifications of modern and ancient are not sufficient to appropriately discuss them. Difficulty in classifying such  'composite' items has resulted in a lack of academic scrutiny for these important cultural objects. The thesis examines why such objects are made and how they have value attributed to them, and whether they are to be considered authentic ancient artefacts or whether this description constitutes an unusual type of forgery. Utilising case study and discourse analysis techniques, the thesis examines issues of authenticity, forgery, the role of the antiquities market, the western cultural obsession with ancient Egypt, and the effect of modern innovations such as the internet in encouraging the production and sale of such items. Through the examination of these issues the thesis addresses the paucity of research into composite Egyptian jewellery and identifies differences in construction and market philosophy between different examples based on their economic values. The findings of the research suggest that composite Egyptian jewellery presents an academically significant both as authentically ancient artefacts and as a unique category of item in which the ancient and modern historical fields overlap.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction -- Chapter 2: Literature review -- Chapter 3: Methodology -- Chapter 4: Discussion -- Chapter 5: Conclusion -- Reference list -- Appendix

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 47‐49)

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes

Degree

Thesis (MRes), Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ancient History, 2019

Department, Centre or School

Department of Ancient History

Year of Award

2020

Principal Supervisor

Malcolm Choat

Rights

Copyright disclaimer: https://www.mq.edu.au/copyright-disclaimer Copyright Candice Louise Green 2019.

Language

English

Extent

1 online resource (74 pages)

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