Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art Conservation

Reader 1

Michelle Berenfeld

Reader 2

Mary MacNaughton

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Unprovenanced and undocumented antiquities play a large roll in the international trade of antiquities, a billion dollar sector of the art market. The removal of these antiquities from their source countries creates many problems for the academic community and the standards put in place to eliminate illegal activity. An analysis of an ancient Roman statue head of Livia was used to demonstrate the usefulness of such an legally acquired undocumented antiquity. A visual analysis was first conducted on the Scripps Livia residing within the Scripps Permanent collection by creating comparisons to other known portraits of Livia. A chemical analysis was then conducted to continue verifying authenticity. With the use of a Scanning Electron Microscope, four samples removed from the sculpture were analyzed for elemental composition. Based on the data gathered from these analyses recommendations for new acquisition policies were created for the purpose of ethically researching and displaying the Scripps Livia.

hARVARD NEW.docx (5019 kB)
Appendix A

UCL POLICY .pdf (5515 kB)
Appendix B

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