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07 June 1976
4/1976
Definitive Issue

Definitive 1976 - Cyprus Treasures in Foreign Museums

Cyprus
The Cypriot treasures which are exhibited in foreign museums are the best ambassadors of Cyprus abroad. Fine examples of the skill of the Cypriot artist, who created a civilization which dates back to the 6th millennium B.C., came to light by legal or clandestine excavations and in like manner found their way out of the island. From the excavations of the British Museum at Engomi in 1896 come the Mycenaean crater and probably the bronze stand. The terracotta statue in the Museum of Stockholm was found with other votive statues in the excavations of the Swedish Cyprus Expedition at Ayia Irini in 1929 and the bronze inscribed tablet - the most important document of the Cypriot syllabic script - found at Idalion around 1850 passed from the collection of the duc de Luynes into the possession of the National Library in Paris. The statue of Artemis found accidentally in Larnaca in 1880 was acquired by the Kunsthistoriches Museum of Vienna in 1884.

We know that several thousands of the Cypriot antiquities in the Luigi Palma di Cesnola collection, to which belong the sarcophagus from Amathus, the statue of the priest of Aphrodite and the limestone bearded head, have formed the nucleus of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. The same Museum comprises also the well-known Lambousa treasure consisting of gold bracelets and necklaces, gold earrings with pearls and silver discs. All these treasures, found through clandestine excavations at the beginning of the century and smuggled out of the island, were purchased from a dealer in Paris by M. Perport Morgan who bequeathed them later to the Metropolitan Museum.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

Terracotta statue  

Terracotta statue

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7th-6th cent. B.C. Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm.

Limestone head of bearded man  

Limestone head of bearded man

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Early 5th cent. B.C. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Gold necklace from Lambousa  

Gold necklace from Lambousa

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6th cent. A.D. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Terracotta warrior on horseback  

Terracotta warrior on horseback

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7th cent. B.C. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Limestone statue of a priest of Aphrodite  

Limestone statue of a priest of Aphrodite

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Early 5th cent. B.C. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Bronze inscribed tablet from Idalion  

Bronze inscribed tablet from Idalion

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5th cent. A.C. Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, Cabinet des Medailles.

Mycenaean crater  

Mycenaean crater

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13th cent. B.C. British Museum.

Limestone sarcophagus from Amathus  

Limestone sarcophagus from Amathus

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550-500 B.C. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Gold bracelet from Lambousa  

Gold bracelet from Lambousa

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6th cent. A.D. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Lambousa silver dish  

Lambousa silver dish

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6th cent. A.D. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Bronze stand  

Bronze stand

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12th cent. B.C. British Museum.

Marble statue of Artemis  

Marble statue of Artemis

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4th cent. B.C. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien.

Technical Information

Designer: A. Tassos
Quantities:
M20: 10000000
M500: 625000
M40: 2100000
M5: 2500000
M100: 3500000
M25: 3000000
£1: 525000
M50: 2500000
M10: 10000000
M250: 800000
M30: 3000000
M60: 4250000
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