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Antiquities and archeological material have been at risk for illicit excavation and smuggling. The Gallery condemns the looting of archeological sites and the trafficking of cultural property. Curators thoroughly research provenance prior to acquisition, making every effort to obtain reliable documentation that the object left its probable country of modern discovery prior to 1970 or was legally exported from the probable country of modern discovery after 1970. The Gallery makes acquisition decisions following diligent research and retains its right to make informed judgments about acquiring works of art. The treaty signed on November 14, 1970, at the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property provides the Gallery with the 1970 benchmark date for collecting documentation.

Antiquities and archaeological property in the Gallery’s collection without complete documentation are listed on the Antiquities and Archaeological Material with Provenance Documentation Gaps page. These works of art also appear on  the AAMD’s Object Registry. Research is ongoing and objects with unconfirmed provenance will be added to this list as they are found.

View Antiquities and Archaeological Material with Provenance Documentation Gaps