Cyprus Before the Bronze Age: Art of the Chalcolithic Period by Vassos Karageorghis;Edgar J. Peltenburg

By Vassos Karageorghis;Edgar J. Peltenburg

The most recent finds--architectural is still, burial items, stone artifacts, pottery, and copper objects--from contemporary excavations point out that Cyprus performed a extra pivotal position in pre-Bronze Age socioeconomic improvement than was once formerly notion. This publication describes findings from excavations at Lemba, the positioning the place crucial new information regarding this era has been exposed. incorporated are illustrations of many formerly unpublished or unexhibited fabrics from either the Cyprus Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum. This e-book serves as a catalog to the February 1990 exhibition held on the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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J . , "Kissonerga-Mosphilia 1987: Ritual Deposit, U n i t 1015," Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus (1988), pt. 1, pi. V . 3 . 40 29. C R U C I F O R M IDOL OF STEATITE SAID T O B E F R O M P A P H O S SOUSKIOU Chalcolithic Height: 8 . 1 cm Houston, The Menil Collection 74-51DJ The figure, of a polished light green steatite with several incrus­ tations and scratches, has a long, thick neck and a small janus head with large ears and eyes and a flat nose. The schematic arms are horizontal to the body, and the knees and feet are rendered in profile.

1, pi. V I . 12. FIDDLE-SHAPED FIGURE OF LIMESTONE FROM LEMBA Middle Chalcolithic Height: 36 cm Cyprus, No. L L 54 The figure has outstretched arms and a head that is tilted back atop a long cylindrical neck. The nose and eyes are in raised relief, the hairline incised. The hips are flat and very wide; the legs and feet, separated by an incised line, terminate in a round splayed base. The body is incised with two bisected V's, the lower one at the pubic area, the other at the breasts. The belly bulges slightly.

The left arm, with four fingers indicated, is turned down­ ward; the right arm, also with four fingers indicated, is turned upward. The figure's legs are articulated by a deep incised line; the toes of the two legs are joined with only seven toes indicated. The figure is intact with a few minor surface abrasions (pick marks) diagonally across the torso. Bibliography: La Rime et la raison: Les collections Menil, ex. cat. (Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, April 17-July 30, 1984), no. ); The Menil Collection: A Selection from the Paleolithic to the Modern Era (New York, 1987), no.

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