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November Issue 2010

Furman University in Greenville, SC, Features University Collection

For the first time, Furman University in Greenville, SC, is displaying a collection of its decorative and fine art materials in a special exhibit entitled, Treasures: Furman Unveils its Collection of Significant Art, Artifacts and Antiques, on view on the second floor of the James B. Duke Library through Jan. 24, 2011.

Among the items on display are paintings by notable 19th century American artists and an early Bronze Age oil lamp dating to 3100 -1800 BC. These pieces, along with about 60 other items, are showcased for the first time and represent a cross section of Furman's collection of more than 2,600 items.

Also included in the exhibit are a contemporary Greek Orthodox Bible and accompanying Ecclesiastical Set. The bible is adorned with Christian icons fashioned from silver, gold and other precious metals, while the Ecclesiastical Set includes a Eucharistic chalice, paten (for holding Eucharistic bread), paten apron, lance and spoon, all hand tooled from gold and platinum.

It is the first time the two items, which were donated by Dr. Robert G. and Sheri Schwartz, have been displayed together. According to DebbieLee Landi, special collections librarian and university archivist at Furman, the exhibit is significant for its diversity and the wide range of historical periods it represents. She says Furman has benefited from the generosity of its faculty, alumni and members of the greater Greenville community, stating that every item in the exhibit is donated.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or call the James B. Duke Library at 864/294-2194 or visit (http://library.furman.edu/dfac/treasures_exhibit.php).


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