CYPRUS

With some 7000 registered objects, the Ashmolean’s collection of Cypriot antiquities ranks among the largest and most significant outside Cyprus. It illustrates the culture and history of ancient Cyprus, a cultural crossroads between Orient and Occident, from the earliest settlements on the island in about 10.000 BC until the Roman period. The great majority of the objects – pottery, terracotta figurines, sculpture, metal-work and jewellery – date to the Bronze and Iron Ages (2000 – 300 BC) and come from British excavations at various sites across the island.

Brown A. and H. W. Catling. Ancient Cyprus. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1986, 2nd edition)

Frankel, D. Early and Middle Cypriote Bronze Age material in the Ashmolean Museum, Corpus of Cypriote antiquities 7, SIMA XX:7 (Gothenburg, 1983).