My regular column, "Context Matters", in the Journal of Art Crime considers the fragments ("orphans") of Greek pottery returned from the collection of a deceased North American collector (via New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art) to Italy. Fragments from the same collection were also returned via the J. Paul Getty Museum.
The column asks a series of questions about the source of these fragments and when the pots were broken. It also considers the silence from key figures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
‘Context matters: fragmented pots, attributions and the role of the academic’, Journal of Art Crime 8 (2012) 79-84.