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Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Hand-written records date back to the 17th century, noting information about the accession conditions, previous owners or the circumstances under which the artefacts were uncovered, as well as later losses or collection relocations. The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s acquisition logs provide a record of the inventories of the museums’ collections and reflect the eventful history of the evolution of the collection and the provenance of the items that make them up, all the way up to the present day. The project Provenance and Collections: Publishing the Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Online publishes the entire historical collection of these books, comprising more than 1,000 volumes.

Entry for Caspar David Friedrich: “Monk by the Sea”, oil on canvas, 1808–1810, Ident.Nr. NG 9/85, from the inventory log NG 1981–1991, p. 37, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Nationalgalerie

Entry for Albrecht Dürer: “Bust of a Young Girl”, drawing, 1515, Ident.Nr. KdZ 24 (Ident. Nr. 4844-1877 historical), from the Inventarium IV, acquisition year 1877, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Kupferstichkabinett

Telephus Frieze entry – Teuthras gives Auge to Telephus as his wife, part of the small frieze (“Telephus Frieze”) of the Pergamon Altar, ca. 170 BC, ident. no. T.I. 36, from the inventory of the Telephus Frieze
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Antikensammlung

Eintragung Johann Ludwig I Biller, Becken, Teil vom Großen Silberbuffet aus dem Rittersaal des Berliner Schlosses, 1695/1698, Ident.Nr. S 502, aus dem Inventarband Sammlung Berliner Schloss
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Kunstgewerbemuseum

Eintragung Prozessions-Stier Nandi, Reittier von Gott Shiva, 19./20. Jahrhundert, Ident.Nr. I 5958, aus dem Katalogbuch I 5001 -10000 - MIK I
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst

Erwerbungsjahr 1929, aus dem Inventar der Königlichen Sammlung für Deutsche Volkskunde in Berlin
Ⓒ Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen

Record for the bust of Nefertiti, object number ÄM 21300, catalogue ÄM. 21001-ÄM. 22000, Egyptian Museum's collection, detail
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung

“Photocopien v. Inv.- Verz. Afrika”, inventory catalogue III “Afrika” 1906-1942, cover, ca. 1950, detail © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Ethnologisches Museum

Gemäldegalerie, inventory catalogue 1950–2006, West Berlin, single volume, 1950
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Gemäldegalerie

Royal Museum of Decorative Arts. Acquisitions List of the Baron von Lipperheide Costume Library, single volume, 1899, Fashion Image Collection – Lipperheide Costume Library
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Kunstbibliothek

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Kunstbibliothek

Record for the Aleppo Room, object number I. 2862, Catalogue I. 1650-I. 3400, Museum für Islamische Kunst’s collection, detail
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Museum für Islamische Kunst

Record for the "Linsenflasche von Matzhausen", object number Iic 1244, Catalogue A IIa 1-IIc 1387, detail
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte

Acquisition and Accession Logs of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte