Exhibition of Cypriot Antiquities
Cyprus, Aphrodite’s singularly beautiful island, is the easternmost Mediterranean island and the third largest after Sicily and Sardinia. Its location and abundant copper deposits made it a pivotal trading hub between the Aegean and the Near East from early on.
The exchange of products and ideas and the merging of different traditions created a brilliant civilization, which, despite the adoption of many Eastern and Greek elements, managed to maintain its individuality throughout its long history.
The exhibition will display some 180 of the museum’s Cypriot Collection’s artefacts, which represent the main periods of Cypriot art from the Early Bronze Age (c. 2500 BC) until the Roman period (4th c. AD). The exhibition aims at illustrating various aspects of ancient life in Cyprus, such as religion, art and commerce, while making evident the individual character of the Cypriot civilization as well as its bonds with Greek culture. Among the exhibits are beautifully decorated prehistoric and archaic vases, unique clay figurines of votive character, characteristic sculptures with evident Greek influence, as well as representative copper artefacts, five of which were lent by the Republic of Cyprus especially for the exhibition.
The exhibition is accompanied by audiovisual material that helps visitors get acquainted with the physical environment of the island and its rich history as it is illustrated through archaeological finds and excavations.