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Ancient Cyprus in the Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Presentation



The Ashmolean Museum has a large collection of archaeological material from Cyprus. The collection is representative of human history on the island, and is of international importance. The Ashmolean has been associated with the study of Cypriot archaeology since the late 19th century, and it has sponsored several excavations carried out there. Material from these excavations is represented in the collections and displays. The collection provides an excellent resource for the study of the archaeology of the island. Far from being a scientific resource alone, the collections provide surprising and often amusing insights into the lives of the ancient inhabitants of this Mediterranean island. By considering the objects made, used and treasured by people in the past, we can gain vivid impressions of their lifestyles, outlook and basic humanity.

These pages have been created as part of a documentation project funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) with the aims of improving access to the collection and displaying the material to a far wider audience than is possible in the museum building alone.

  Select one of these options to find out more about the Ashmolean's Ancient Cypriot Collections:
  Highlights of the Collection
  To Prehistoric Terracottas To Aphrodite To Mass-Market Tableware To Intriguing vessels To Cypriot Jewellery To Sgraffito ware
  Prehistoric Terracottas Aphrodite, Female Figurines and Cyprus Mass-Market

Vessels: Kore Jugs
Cypriot Jewellery Lords and Ladies in Medieval Cyprus: Sgraffito ware
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