Alabaster and Ivory in the Late Medieval Collections at the British Museum
Led by Lloyd de Beer, Curators of Late Medieval Collection at the British Museum, and Professor Sandy Heslop, University of East Anglia
15 Oct 2013
Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman
This study day focused on the British Museum’s collection of late medieval alabaster panels and ivories. The last major publication on the ivories was in 1909 by O.M. Dalton, and the alabasters have yet to be published as a group. Collectively these intensely captivating and challenging objects are of international importance, and this session addressed long standing problems with certain individual pieces and groups. The challenges facing modern scholars who seek to understand the making, consumption and later collecting of both types of object are similar and therefore exploring them together will encourage debate.The session was directly engaged with the objects and thus provided very special access to this important part of the British Museum collection. Case studies were presented alongside provenance information about the collections and aspects of production were discussed including the art of the forger, painting techniques and the role of science and conservation.
Places were limited to 15, of which 7 were reserved for students.