Talk: The Wilshere Collection
- The Art Fund |
The Art Fund was a major contributor to the Ashmolean Museum’s acquisition of the Wilshere Collection of Early Christian and Jewish antiquities in 2007. The objects form one of the largest collections of gold-glass fragments in the world. These come from catacombs in Rome and are decorated with biblical and classical motifs. Another category is represented by inscriptions, most of which come from a Jewish catacomb on the Via Appia. The collection reflects the interests of the original owner, Charles Willes Wilshere, who was a keen supporter of the Oxford Movement within the Church of England. Michael Vickers – Professor of Archaeology at Oxford and Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College – is responsible for the Greek and Roman collections at the Ashmolean.
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