Cyprus is a large island in the eastern Mediterranean that harbored various thriving cultures in antiquity from as early as the 9th millennium B.C. through the Roman period. Cyprus had a copious supply of highly valuable copper ore that was worked since late in the Chalcolithic period (ca. 3900-2500 B.C.), and the island’s unique location made it a crossroads of trade and commerce. Cypriot art is distinctive and unusual in that it reflects a mixture of native and foreign influences. As a result of the island’s central location, at various periods the art of Cyprus bears the influence of Greek, Phoenician, Near Eastern, Egyptian, and Roman art. Well-known for its pottery and limestone or terracotta sculpture, Cyprus also possessed a rich material culture comprised of a relatively large number of luxury items that could be made of ivory, faience, alabaster, glass, silver, or gold.
Archaic Cypriot Amphora with a Geometric Decoration
Cypriot Terracotta Zoomorphic Rhyton
Cypriot Vase with Geometric Decoration
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Terracotta Head of a Man wearing a cap