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Åke Åkerström papers, 1853-1991 (bulk 1927-1987)

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Finding aid for the Åke Åkerström papers, 1853-1991
Series I. Excavations at Larisa am Hermos, 1902-1940 1.0 linear foot (3 boxes)
The site of Larisa on the Hermos, near Buruncuk in western Turkey, was initially excavated by Lennart Kjellberg and Johannes Boehlau in 1902. The pair conducted further joint Swedish and German excavations at the site from 1932-1934. These excavations revealed structures from three main building phases, dating from the sixth through the fourth centuries B.C. Of special interest to scholars were the many fragments of architectural terracottas.
This series contains a limited amount of general documentation about Kjellberg's excavations and substantial visual documentation of the terracottas. Akerstrom received this material after Kjellberg died during the preparation of the final Larisa excavation report.
Box Folder
1 1 Kjellberg field notes, reports and correspondence, 1902-1935, undated 64 leaves
Typescript copies of entries from Kjellberg's day books of the excavation, for the period from 31 Jan to 24 Apr 1902. The later excavations are represented here with reports on the 1932 season. Also included are financial reports and a small amount of correspondence between Kjellberg and Boehlau, Theodor Wiegand and Åkerström.
1 2 Kjellberg publication materials, undated 6 leaves
Includes an unpublished forward to the excavation report and an early publication plan.
1-3 Architectural terracottas from Larisa, circa 1940
The architectural terracottas from Larisa constitute a large body of material, almost 500 fragments, and include elements of raking and lateral simas, geison revetment plaques, akroteria and waterspouts, bearing both painted and molded, figural and ornamental decoration. The Greek cities of Asia Minor employed a decorative system of roofing with more ornamentation than was standard on the mainland and the Larisa fragments, being amongst the earliest examples of this practice, have helped scholars understand the varying regional roofing styles used by the Greeks.
Kjellberg originally intended to publish this material himself and left a partial manuscript on his death in 1936. Kjellberg's son, Ernst, hoped to finish his father's work but died himself in 1938, at which point the responsibility for the material was handed over to Åke Åkerström. Åkerström revised and completed the manuscript and published Die architektonischen Terrakotten (Stockholm, 1940), as volume II in the excavation report, Larisa am Hermos. Die Ergebnisse der Ausgrabungen 1902-1934.
1-2 Documentation and notes
The documentation of the terracottas preserved in the archive is almost entirely visual. The majority of the images are photographs, generally mounted, either individually or in groups, with occasional drawings added. Only a limited numbers of notes and measurements are included.
1-2 Figural friezes
Box Folder
1 3 II, 45 items
1 4-5 III, 66 items
1 6 IV, 54 items
1 7 V, 23 items
1 8 VI, 12 items
1 9-11 VII, 156 items
Box Folder
2 1-2 VIII, 118 items
2 3 IX, 7 items
2 4 X, 3 items
2 5 Ornamental friezes, 40 items
2 6 Akroteria, 60 items
2 7-8 Waterspouts, 72 items
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3 1 High-relief figures, 15 items
3 2 Miscellaneous fragments, 64 items
3 3 Stockholm fragments, 13 items
Two sets of fragments, presumably from Larisa, donated to the Nationalmuseum by Lennart Kjellberg. This material was published in detail by Åkerström in Architektonische Terrakottaplaten in Stockholm (Lund, 1951).
3 4 Proofs (?) of the published plates, 76 leaves
Heavily annotated, with reconstructions of missing elements sketched in.

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