Ancient Cyprus - Highlights - Prehistoric Terracottas 1

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During its prehistoric and early historic periods, the island of Cyprus has a good claim to having produced some of the best potters and coroplasts (a fancy name for makers of clay - or terracotta - figurines) that the Mediterranean has ever known.

Indeed, although their numbers are now steadily being depleted, Cyprus is still home to a few village-based communities of traditional potters whose work is quite widely disseminated on the island (see, for example, Gloria London et al., Traditional pottery in Cyprus (1990)).

AN1971.856; "pushmi-pullyu"
AN1971.856; "pushmi-pullyu"
  These web pages contain a selection of just a few of the most attractive examples of the ancient Cypriot potters' and coroplasts' art in the Ashmolean, chosen either for their sheer beauty, their breathtaking virtuosity or for their appealing sense of humour. They illustrate some of the reasons for thinking that ancient Cyprus possessed not only some of the most admirable clay craftsmen (and probably craftswomen) in the whole of the ancient world, but also some of the most likeable.  
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