Why did Freud collect so many antiquities?
- Because of the death of his father. He was trying to connect to his ancestral Judaic roots in some way.
- It was a defiant gesture against the prohibition given by Moses not to worship graven images.
- Because it gave him a sense of control over the past, and made him feel important.
- Because the objects inspired him and filled him with ideas for his work.
- Because the objects calmed him down in some way. They were like pacifiers for a child.
- Because he had an 'addictive personality'
- Because he had an 'obsessional personality' or an 'anal character'
- The objects were mysterious and ancient. They gave him a sense of access to magical power.
- Because the objects represented his work of excavation of the layers of the mind.
- Because some of the special people he admired and wanted to emulate also collected antiquities.
- Because it was part of the general bourgeoise culture of the time.
- Because the antiquities (figures and various kinds of receptacles) externalized his inner conflict between male and female dimensions.
- Because by creating his own museum it made him feel that he, too, was immortal.
- Nobody really knows. Your guess is as good as mine!