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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., 07/06/2022
E.g., 07/06/2022
Filter by the date CMA deaccessioned the artwork
Title Artist/Origin Former Accessionsort descending Date Created Department Deaccession Date
Statuette of Kwannon Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.1009 late 17th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Birds and Flowers China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 1917.101 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Statuette of Kwannon Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.1010 late 17th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Head of a Devi King Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.1011 late 17th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Seated Figure of Buddha Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.1013 late 17th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Chinese Figure Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.1014 late 17th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Fugen Seated on an Elephant Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.1015 late 17th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
One of the Four Guardian Kings (Shitenno) Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.1016 late 17th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Amida Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.1017 late 17th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
One of the Four Guardian Kings (Shitenno) Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.1018 late 17th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
One of the Four Guardian Kings (Shitenno) Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.1019 late 17th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Saucer: Ding ware China, Jin dynasty (1115-1234) - Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) 1917.262 13th-14th Century Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Saucer: Qingbai ware China, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) 1917.264 13th-14th Century Chinese Art June 4, 2000
Figure of Hotei China, 19th century 1917.296 Chinese Art February 28, 1999
Dish in the Form of a Leaf Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.306 18th-19th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
White Saucer Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.307 18th-19th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Dish in the Form of a Leaf Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) 1917.308 18th-19th century Japanese Art February 28, 1999
Horse's Head China, Han dynasty (202 BC-AD 220) 1917.310 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Bottle Vase China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 1917.311 Chinese Art October 19, 2005
Box with Cover: Wazhaping ware China, Hunan province, Changsha, Five dynasties (907-960) 1917.317 906-960 Chinese Art October 19, 2005

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