The Shefton Collection in Newcastle upon Tyne contains a fine array of Greek and Etruscan objects and takes its name from its founder Professor Brian Shefton (1919 - 2012). In spite of the importance of this collection it has not been widely published and remains something of a hidden gem. Brian Shefton was an insightful collector, as well as a distinguished scholar of Greek and Etruscan archaeology, and the 14 papers presented here reflect the broad scope of the collection; ranging across pottery, jewellery, terracottas and metalwork. The contributions, written by leading experts in the field, focus on specific objects or groups of objects in the Collection, providing new interpretations and bringing previously unpublished items to light. The history of the Shefton Collection is explored. Together these contributions provide a tribute to a remarkable individual who made a substantial and notable contribution to his discipline.
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 242 x 170 mm
This book is not a catalogue of the collection, but something far more valuable, a book that shows how variously the mute objects in a museum can be made to talk and the wide range of past experience which they can be made to talkabout. Although no substitute for a visit to the Great North Museum in Newcastle, this recreates, rather wonderfully, the lost pleasures of conversing with, or perhaps rather being talked at by, the ever-eager and eye-twinkling Brian Shefton himself. * Journal of Greek Archaeology *
...an academically rigorous and beautifully presented volume... The production quality of this volume is excellent, with a pleasant and effective layout and ample photographic illustrations (more colour than b/w) and drawings. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *