Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Fine and Decorative Art and Design

First Advisor

Betsy Thomas

Second Advisor

Eric Wolf


The market for Antiquities often sparks fierce moral and legal debates amongst the public and professionals. What most do not concern themselves with is the unusually high level of risk the market functions under. From cultural heritage concerns, to the surprising abundance of fake Antiquities available for purchase, and the dark market entwined with legitimate business, the market is saturated with danger and yet continues to operate. This thesis will investigate how the market forces come together, considering the differing roles preformed by collectors, museums, auction houses, galleries, and Antiquities dealers. In an attempt to answer the question, how does this market continue to function with these elevated risk factors? The market for Ancient Greek Ceramics over the past twenty years will be investigated to give an in-depth market analysis and evaluation of performance in light of risk factors, and project what the future may hold.