I would want to add a note of caution on this one before being too
forthcoming. In particular I would want to be sure that:
a) the figure was really found as long ago as the current holder (in Canada
if I remember right??) says it was,
b) I was convinced that this was not an illegally exported or obtained item;
c) be happy about the motivation for the person asking for information (i.e.
be sure that if there was any doubt as to the means by which this object had
come into their possession that the person involved was not seeking
identification and provenance purely as a means to increase or establish an
open market sale value).
In short I would advise working to the following useful benchmark (Para
8.6., on "Authentication and Valuation (Appraisal)" from the "ICOM Code of
Professional Ethics" - http://www.icom.org/ethics_rev_engl.html#8 )
"Members of the museum profession should not identify or otherwise
authenticate objects that they believe, or suspect, have been illegally or
illicitly acquired, transferred, imported or exported. They should not act
in any way that could be regarded as benefiting such activity, directly or
indirectly. Where there is reason to believe, or suspect, illegal or illicit
conduct, the appropriate authorities should be notified".
Research and Conservation Officer
Council for British Archaeology
Tel: 01904 671417
Fax: 01904 671384
From: Mike Stokes [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 09 April 2002 09:41
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Identifying a possible Roman artefact from Surrey
It may well be a pipeclay figure related to the cult of Epona, there are
certainly examples from Wroxeter, I'd be happy to see an image and comment
upon it if that would help.