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A Group Of Art Works In The Amarna Style

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Curators and collectors must exercise caution when contemplating proposed acquisitions. In January 2002, the Keeper of Egyptology at Bolton Museum was asked by a Mr. George Greenhalgh, from the Bolton suburb of Bromley Cross, to look at a "statue". The statue depicted a woman wearing a clinging, pleated garment that covered the body and left arm from the shoulders down. The statue, dubbed the "Amarna Princess," was displayed in 2003 at an exhibition celebrating the centenary of the National Art Collections Fund, and returned to Bolton in January 2004. The attribution or authentication of artworks is a matter of careful observation and deduction, but it is not an absolute process. A holistic study of an object using stylistic and technical data, which aims to investigate and reconstruct the manufacture, use, and subsequent treatment of an object up to the present day, gives the greatest possible return of meaningful information.

Keywords: Amarna Style; artworks; George Greenhalgh; holistic study



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