Saturday, April 11, 2009

Bronze Age Cyprus Collection at the Met

These are some of the vessels and pottery from the Bronze Age Cyprus Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Late Bronze Age (1,600-1,050 B.C.) was one of the most formative periods of the life of ancient Cyprus. The island's international contacts extended from the Aegean Sea to the Levant and the Nile Delta. (Thutmose III of Egypt claimed Cyprus as one of his conquests in about 1,500 B.C.). Several styles of well-made decorative pottery from the Middle Bronze Age (1900–1600 bc) demonstrate advanced craftsmanship.

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