A portion of the museum’s collection of Greco-Roman objects contains gold earrings, metal rings with precious stones, pendants, bells, and personal adornments that are small in size. These tiny objects were previously housed in relatively large boxes that took up too much space in our storage drawers. By using trays containing boxes that measure only 1.57″ x 1.57″ x 0.9″, these objects can be rehoused in a box that is more suitable for their small size. These once very personal objects are now housed in a way that safely showcases their delicate nature and craftsmanship.
The old housing of these tiny objects was messy and unorganized. Not only were the boxes too large, the objects were placed in plastic zip bags that obstructed the objects from view.
The process of rehousing these small objects – from cutting the Volara that cushions the bottom of the box to the placement of the accession number on the box – requires close attention to detail.