Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum Faya Causey

Getty Publications - (Yale)
Paperback / softback
Publication date:
07 Jan 2020
Getty Publications
306 pages: 276 x 216 x 18mm

First published in 2012, this catalogue presents fifty-six Etruscan, Greek, and Italic carved ambers from the Getty Museum's collection-the second largest body of this material in the United States and one of the most important in the world. The ambers date from about 650 to 300 BC. The catalogue offers full description of the pieces, including typology, style, chronology, condition, and iconography. Each piece is illustrated. The catalogue is preceded by a general introduction to ancient amber (which was also published in 2012 as a stand-alone print volume titled Amber and the Ancient World). Through exquisite visual examples and vivid classical texts, this book examines the myths and legends woven around amber-its employment in magic and medicine, its transport and carving, and its incorporation into jewelry, amulets, and other objects of prestige. This publication highlights a group of remarkable amber carvings at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Faya Causey is the head of the academic programs department at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She has lectured and published on a variety of subjects, but primarily on amber, antiquity, and contemporary artists and architects whose work has ancient aspects. She is also the author of Amber and the Ancient World (Getty Publications, 2012).