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Saints and Salvation The Wilshere CollectionSusan Walker

Saints and Salvation The Wilshere CollectionSusan Walker

29.95

Susan Walker

ISBN:9781854442901

Publisher:Ashmolean Museum

Size:8.75 in x 11 in

Pages 240

Illustrations:120 color, 10 b&w

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• New insights into early Christian archeology and art. 

.Previously unpublished material from the Vatican Library, covering Jewish, pagan and Christian history

• Never before published details about Roman gold-glass, covering artifacts relating to Jewish and Christian history in Rome

 

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There are exciting facts and history to keep the lay person or the cognoscenti enthralled for hours, days, months in Saints and Salvation. You don't have to be a religious scholar to delve into this book. Here is newly-discovered documentation, including correspondence held at the Vatican Library and the Biblioteca San Luigi, Posilippo. This is the story also of a  single collector's passion, that of Charles Wilshire (1814-1906), who acquired and shipped home for protection this remarkable collection. Wilshire, a wealthy landowner, traveled often to Italy and became fascinated with the  early church. He saw as his mission to acquaint the British with the then -- brand-new -- subject of early Christian archeology and art.. He brought back Christian, Jewish and pagan gold-glass, sarcophagi and inscriptions. Previously unpublished evidence offers  intriguing information about the pieces as well as recent scientific analysis of the objects, now housed in the Ashmolean Museum. The gold-glass is of special interest as we learn of its use in fourth-century Rome.

 

Contents:

 Introduction; The History of the Collection and its Collector; The sources of the Charles Wilshere Collection;

Honoring the Dead in Late Antique Rome; Materials and Techniques; Iconography; Indices.

 

Dr Susan Walker is President of the Society for Libyan Studies, Honorary Curator (formerly Sackler Keeper) of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum and Emerita Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Additional material has been supplied

by David Rini (Vatican archives and history of collecting), Sean Leatherbury (DPhil cand. University of Oxford, preparation and assistance (with research), Patrick Degryse (University of Leuven, analysis of glass), Peter Ditchfield (University of Oxford,

analysis of marbles and mortar).

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