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University of Saskatchewan Museum of Antiquities

(University of Saskatchewan Museum of Antiquities)

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Collection
Category : Archaeology, Art
Civilizations : Egypt, Pre Asia, Prehellenic, Greece, Roman time, Middel Age
Access : Lundi-vendredi : de 9h00 à 16h30. Fermé mi-janvier -mi-décembre.
Description : The project, which became what is now known as the ?Museum of Antiquities?, began in 1974 and was initiated by ancient historian Michael Swan and art historian Nicholas Gyenes, both professors of the University of Saskatchewan. The collection began as a small group of replicas purchased from the Louvre, but grew to include replicas from the British Museum, the Museum of Antiquities in Delphi, the Acropolis Museum in Athens, as well as others. The collection grew through the generosity of the University and private benefactors until, in 1981, new facilities were acquired, and the collection was officially opened as the ?Museum of Antiquities.? While the aim of the present collection is to offer a reliable and critical account of the accomplishments of all periods and civilizations in the field of sculptural art, such an objective would be unattainable for museums of priceless ?originals?, but it is within the bounds of possibility with a relatively inexpensive cast collection. It is not the rarity or fame of the work that determines the price of a replica, only the cost of production. A faithful copy of the priceless and famous Venus de Milo, for instance, entails no greater expense than would any other statue of its size. Although a replica cannot serve as an investment or status symbol for a collector, a well-crafted cast provides a unique instrument of study and research in addition to its aesthetic qualities. Few know that the jealously guarded treasures of departments of antiquity in museums are mostly ancient copies of Greek works made to grace the dwellings of the Roman upper class, the Patricians. Without these ancient copies then, our knowledge of ancient statuary would be most fragmentary. Several references in ancient authors and a recent discovery clearly demonstrate that the intermediary procedure and technique used by the sculptors of antiquity correspond to the modern plaster casting technique. Often a plaster cast will fare better than the original, made of marble or bronze, which has been destroyed or mutilated beyond repair. The replicas of the panels from the Parthenon frieze, for example, are in better condition than the original panels, which were until recently still in situ and had deteriorated, attacked daily by air pollution. Should some major disaster occur and destroy the original, the corresponding replica from this museum could easily be elevated from its humble station of a copy to the high rank of a prototype. Thus we are doubly indebted to the procedure of replication: the easy, economical technique and light weight of its product makes it relatively easy to create and disperse high quality prototypes all over the world. Thanks to replication, the "survival of the species" is assured and we have the opportunity of knowing and appreciating, at such a distance in time and space, the great creations of the remote past.
Creating year : 1974
Mould Number : 57
Cast Number : 0
Institution
University of Saskatchewan Museum of Antiquities
Museum of Antiquities
Room 116 College Building - 107 Administration Place
S7N 5A2 SASKATOON Saskatchewan
Canada - North america
Status : University museum

Phone : (306) 966-7818
Mail : museum antiquities@usask.ca
Website : www.usask.ca/antiquities/
Contact
Tracene Harvey, Director
(306) 966-7818
tfh135@mail.usask.ca