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11/29/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall
Photograph of Kenneth Lapatin

Exhibition Lecture: A Roman Temple Treasure

The Berthouville Silver and Its Contexts

Kenneth Lapatin

Discovered accidentally by a farmer in rural Normandy in 1830, the spectacular hoard of gilt silver statuettes and exquisitely crafted vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was originally dedicated to the Gallo-Roman god Mercury. After four years of painstaking conservation by Getty Museum conservators, viewers can now appreciate the splendor of these artifacts and the insights they provide about ancient art, religion, technology, and cultural exchange. This lecture explores those topics, and more, offering a fresh look at these rare survivals of ancient Roman metal work.
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