When on holiday in Greece last year we visited the site of ancient Mycenae and in the site museum we bought a replica of a clay figure from the Mycenaean period. Little did I know that a year later I would be commenting on it for an OCA course!
There were two good things about being able to comment on this figure. One it was good to be able to handle it, turn it round, see the reverse side – none of which you would be able to do with a Museum exhibit. The other good thing is that in researching this piece I found out a lot more about the particular figure we had purchased.