The Importance of Provenance

Provenance is defined as the act of knowing the origins of something in a scientifically recognized manner. This is a term commonly used in the field of archaeology, as in cases of archaeologists digging up important information about a piece that has been discovered, together with the location where it was dug, how deep it was buried, and in what conditions it was found, etc. Provenance is considered important because it is the only means of placing a date to a certain relic or object and establishing its context and what this could mean in relation to history and science. If provenance was not given was not given importance, even the greatest discoveries made by mankind will bear no meaning.

Provenance and Traditional Aboriginal Art

A good example of this is to take the case of an object with inscriptions. If no proper documentation and research is done, then it can be no more than a mere forgery. All the records that support the dating of a certain object will otherwise be of no use, as if a prank forgery has been done. Other possibilities include considering the findings as erroneous and fraudulent. Proper documentation can correct this and make things easier, clearer, and more systematic.

This exact principle applies in the buying and selling aboriginal art. The authenticity of a piece of art once established through standard methodologies raises the market value and price of that piece in comparison to non-authentic works. Without provenance, poorly made works and low quality, rushed pieces will be easily mixed in the sea of original and authentic aboriginal art work.

Importance of Provenance in the Modern World: Aboriginal Art Online

Although the principle of provenance has grown into something bigger and more than the aspects of archaeology and art, the same ethics apply. In the current market, the consumerism is made transparent through the advent of modern technology and the World Wide Web. This transparency has given consumers the ability to find the cheapest prices and best deals on products and services, reducing the possibility of companies from profiting excessively through their opaque pricing schemes. Because of this, companies have to practice ethical competition more than they did before. In line with this, the consumers are assured of high quality products and realistic price ranges.

As the dawn of technology became a part of every person’s life, virtually anything can be seen in online stores these days. These include aboriginal art work. Everybody knows how easy it is to set up a website and make a selling account these days. If no provenance principles were in existence, it would be very difficult to say which items are authentic and of high quality from those which are poorly crafted and rushed for fast selling. This is very important when it comes to pieces of art that speak highly of the culture, history, and traditions of the ancients, such as the Aborigines of Australia. Because the authentic works from these artists are relatively rare these days, collectors and investors alike go through the process of determining the originality and quality of the works before making a purchase, since fake and fraudulent pieces of work are common.

A Guide to Buying Aboriginal Art
Ethical Buying of Aboriginal Art
A Little History

  • Retro 13 Jordans
  • Retro 11 Jordans
  • Lebrons Shoes For Sale