Dear Rand, The lasst paragraph of your response is the most important one: before deciding about a piece, on SHOULD find out as much as possible about theMessage 1 of 12 , May 10, 2005View SourceDear Rand,The lasst paragraph of your response is the most important one: before deciding about a piece, on SHOULD find out as much as possible about the culture it comes from.You made me see another problem. You mention "copy". Copy assumes that the piece has a place in the material culture of a people but that the item in question was not actually used as such, it is a reproduction of one that was. That is already a more legitimate exercise. You find them in all the museum shops all over the world. They are usually made carefully to have the right features and dimension but will not have the smells and so on. There is a lesser category which is a purely commercial attempt at making money by doing impressionistically reproduced items, often from memory or others from books and other images. Then the dimensions are all wrong and, of course, the exercise is all wrong.The latter is easier to reject as they are usually ugly and have no appeal. There are the copies which are much more difficult to discern. I mentioned once Dame Peggy Apiah. She is an English woman married to an Ashanti chief and has one of the largest collections of authentic gold-weights known. She also trained a group of craftsmen to reproduce her pieces as close as technically possible (which is very close) to enable these craftsman to generate an income. A very worthwhile exercise except for collectors, obviously.So, to sum up "fake" is even worse than "copy" or "reproduction" except that it is more tempting to mistake for "authentic".And yes, the posts have been all of the good things you mention. Keep up the good work,Margalit
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Hi Craig, Reprimand taken. You are right. I had aother things in mind. You are very right and I am sorry, Margalit ... Yahoo! Mail Stay connected, organized,Message 1 of 12 , May 10, 2005View Source
Reprimand taken. You are right. I had aother things in mind. You are very right and I am sorry, Margalit
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