Statement on Provenance and Acquisition Policy
The Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art is committed to ethical collecting practices of ancient art and therefore supports the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Code of Ethics (2000) and the Association of Art Museum Directors 2013 revision to the Guidelines on the Acquisition of Archaeological Material and Ancient Art. Most importantly the Museum discourages and condemns in the strongest terms the illicit trade in such materials.
The Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art’s Provenance Research and Acquisition Policy is committed to collecting all manner of data available for each item in its collection or being considered for acquisition, as a gift or loan recognizing that ancient objects often have gaps in their modern ownership. Should the curator be unable to obtain dispositive documentation about an object considered for purchase or as a gift, the Museum may use its judgment, as acknowledged by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) in the 2013 revision of the Guidelines on the Acquisition of Archaeological Materials and Ancient Art, to complete the acquisition. The Guidelines allow for “certain exceptions” to permit the acquisition of an ancient object without secure information about its pre-1970 provenance. The decision to accept or acquire an object will occur only after the Museum has performed its proper due diligence.