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Deaccessioned Art

It is standard professional practice for museums to routinely evaluate their collections to ensure that the highest standards of collecting and display are maintained. From time to time, it is necessary to remove one or more works of art from the museum’s permanent collection in accordance with the standards determined by the Association of Art Museum Directors. This practice is known as deaccessioning.

The Cleveland Museum of Art maintains a cautious approach toward deaccessioning. A work of art may be a candidate for deaccessioning due to lack of relevancy to the museum’s mission, duplication in the collection, poor quality or condition, repatriation, false attribution, or the museum’s inability to adequately care for or store the work of art due particular needs or requirements.

The following list outlines the works of art that have been deaccessioned from the museum’s collection since 1998.

E.g., 09/26/2021
E.g., 09/26/2021
Filter by the date CMA deaccessioned the artwork
Title Artist/Origin Former Accession Date Created Department Deaccession Datesort ascending
Head Pendant Lebanon, Syro-Phoenicia 1994.97 600-500 BC Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art March 28, 2021
Amphora with Spiked Handles Italy, Latium, Italic, 3rd quarter 7th Century BC 1995.65 650-625 BC Greek and Roman Art March 28, 2021
Amphora with Spiked Handles Italy, Latium, Italic, 3rd quarter 7th Century BC 1995.64 650-625 BC Greek and Roman Art March 28, 2021
Young Diana Janet Scudder (American, 1873-1940) 1942.796 1911 American Painting and Sculpture March 1, 2020
Head of Drusus Minor (13 B.C. - A.D. 23) Roman, 1st century 2012.29 probably after A.D. 23 and likely before A.D. 37 Greek and Roman Art December 4, 2016
Leaf from an Antiphonary with Historiated Initial L[ucia virgo] with St. Lucy (recto) and with music (verso) Master of the Dominican Effigies (Italian) 1952.281 c. 1340 Medieval Art September 5, 2016
Head of a Female Pakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (1st century-320) 1969.63 c. 3rd Century Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Shiva and Parvati South India, Chola period (900-13th century) 1954.7 1000s-1100s Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Male Figure Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Songye people 2010.453 early 1800s-early 1900s African Art September 5, 2016
Head of a Bodhisattva Pakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (1st century-320) 1969.62 c. 3rd Century Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Buddha Calling on the Earth to Witness India, Magadha, Pala Period (c.750-c.1200) 1930.524 9th - 10th century Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Seated Buddha Pakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (1st century-320) 1961.418 1st half of the 3rd Century Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Buddhist Head Afghanistan or Pakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (1st century-320) 1942.1513 5th Century Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Vishnu Lalitasana, Seated at Ease South India, Chola period (900-13th Century) 1971.225 1100s-1200s Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Female Figure, Surasundari as Apsaras or Yakshi India, Chalnkya, Western Rajputana or Gujrat, 11th-12th century 1930.523 11th - 12th century Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Parvati, Consort of Shiva South India, Chola period (900-13th Century) 1924.745 900s Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Ganas (Two Dwarfs) North Central India, Gupta period (320-647) 1970.349 5th-6th Century Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Head of Buddha West India, Chalnkya, 7th-9th Century 1944.60 7th - 9th century Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Head of Buddha Cambodia, Angkor Thom, possibly from the neighborhood of Banteay-Srei, Reign of Jayavarman VII (?), c. 1181-c. 1218 1951.293 late 12th-early 13th Century Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016
Head of Buddha Cambodia, probably from Angkor Borei 1932.43 600s Indian and Southeast Asian Art September 5, 2016

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