The Ashmolean Cast Gallery – do ‘fakes’ matter?

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How would you feel if you found out the statues you were looking at in the museum were fake? Museum artefacts in Western countries often have an imperialist past, leading to the discussion of their return to their rightful homes. However, respect doesn’t have to mean depriving people of knowledge, and the Ashmolean Cast Gallery is the pinnacle of this idea. Every statue is a replica, which has allowed the museum to do unprecedented actions, such as restoring their (rather garish) colours.
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