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By A.S. Brown, H.W. Catling

Published for the viewers and offered on the Ashmolean Museum; from the Neolithic to Medieval and later Cyprus

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M. Ohneralsch-Richter Collection. HI. 51. b. Gold runerary frontlet, decorated with embossed spirals. circles and flowers. Late Cypriot II. Perhaps from Enkomi. L. 2441. NT CYPRUS sophisticated commercial and political life of the East Mediterranean in the period orthe New Kingdom in Egypt (c. 15581075 BC). , imported Mycenaean pottery in enormous quantities appeared in the island throughout the fourteenth and much of the thirteenth centuries BC (6g. Ub, 8-13). Such pottery has been found at sites throughout the island, both in settlements, and in tombs.

IlIa, 7), animals or, more rarely, human beings. Vases in the shape of animals or birds are occasionally found (fig. IlIa, 6). It is very doubtful whether Geometric Cyprus was politically unified. though the lines of division can hardly be discerned from archaeological evidence alone. Pottery, and later sculpture. in east Cyprus have certain characteristics that distinguish that region from the western part of the island. But other evidence suggests something much more complex than this. The very existence of the city-kingdoms in the early Archaic period implies separate territorial identities; such a system almost certainly developed in the 'darkness' of the Geometric period.

Xlb) and juglets whose shape has been thought to resemble a poppy seed head, implying perhaps that these vessels had been designed to hold opium dissolved in liquid. Many of these Base Ring ware juglets were exported from Cyprus to the Levant (examples in the Near Eastern gallery) and Egypt (examples in the Dynastic gallery); their presence in Egyptian contexts. in particular, provides important synchronisms between the chronology of the Late Cypriot period and the XVIII Dynasty in Egypt. The second fabric, 'White: Slip' ware, is also of some technical excellence.

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