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|Cypriot Copper: Mysteries of the Bronze Age|
Weapons Tools and Ritual Remains
Cypriote copper smiths in the Early and Middle Bronze Age produced a wide range of weapons and utilitarian objects including: spearheads, riveted knives and daggers, tanged daggers, dirks, rat-tanged dirks, swords, flat axes, shaft-hole axes, awls, chisels, needles, tweezers, razors and toggle pins.
|Armlets, Vasilia (AN1957.23+AN1957.24+AN1957.25)||Awl, Politiko (Tamassos) (AN1961.314)||Axe with small perforation (AN1927.1393)|
|Flat Axe (AN1927.1280)||Flat Axe (AN1888.682)||Flat Axe (AN1927.1281)||FLat Axe (AN1927.1279)||Flat Axe (AN1927.1283)|
|Chisel (AN1927.1394)||Dagger, Magounda (AN1969.640)||Tanged Dagger, Kalopsidha (AN1896-1908.C.118)||Tanged Dagger, Kalopsidha (AN1896-1908.C.117)||Dirk (AN1918.28)|
|Rat-tailed Dirk (AN1884.604)||Rat-tailed Dirk, Politiko (Tamassos) (AN1953.249)||Tanged Dirk, Kalopsidha (AN1896-1908.C.115)||Knife (AN1927.1256)||Tanged Knife, Vasilia (AN1957.21)|
|Needles, Eylenja-Leondari Vouno (AN1888.1320 & AN1888.1321)||Eyelet Pin, Larnaka (AN1953.1302)||Eyelet Pin, Larnaka
|Toggle Pins, Vasilia (AN1957.27 & BAN1957.28)||Razor (AN1888.684)|
|Sword with rat tang, Vasilia (AN1957.22)||Sword with rat tang blade (AN1995.38)||Tweezers (AN1927.1395)|
Late Bronze Age, smithing techniques began to produce objects that may
have been for ritual use. Tripod stands, for example, require a great
degree of skill to solder the pieces together. Some scholars believe this
was a specialized practice known only to Cyprus, which caused these high
quality tripod stands to be used for many generations after they were
produced. Objects with a high level of ritual status would not be melted
down for re-use and have therefore survived in the archaeological record.
This miniature tripod (left, AN1952.472) stand was the base for a cauldron, possibly used in some form of ritual worship.
|Copper is still worked using traditional methods in modern Cyprus, see http://www.cosmosnet.net/cyprus/explore/crafts.htm|
Mysteries of the Bronze Age
|Ancient Cyprus in the Ashmolean|
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