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Conservation Endowment For Anthropology Museum

Posted December 1, 1999

A new gift that nearly doubles the conservation endowment of the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology will help the institution battle time to save perhaps the most valuable artifact collection in the western United States.

The $1 million from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation is "extremely important," said museum director Patrick Kirch. It supplements an earlier foundation gift and brings the museum's total Hearst endowment up to $2.6 million.

The money will be used to help preserve priceless objects, such as the ancient limestone carving of a young Egyptian prince recently displayed at the Louvre and then the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

For its centennial celebration in 2001, the museum plans to mount its largest ever Egyptian show. "There are stunning pieces in our storerooms that have literally never been exhibited," Kirch said.

Work on rare Peruvian textiles and a variety of metal artifacts will also be stepped up, as will research into problems associated with matte paints and pottery desalination.

The core of the museum's collection comes from field expeditions and purchases made by UC benefactor Phoebe A. Hearst, who contributed more than 230,000 objects over the course of her lifetime.



December 1, 1999 - January 11, 2000 (Volume 28, Number 16)
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