Cypriote Pottery and other materials in the Ella Riegel Collections at Bryn Mawr College


 

Funding and support for this project was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities in the form of a summer curatorial internship.

As a result from a 2006 summer curatorial internship, the impressive array of Cypriote materials (over 450 objects) in the Ella Riegel Collection at Bryn Mawr College were re-organized by Nicholas Blackwell, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. The entire Cypriote collection is now arranged chronologically in a one storage cabinet, completely updated on the collections database and digitally photographed. Such organization should enhance future access to the Cypriote collection to both students and scholars. The Cypriote ceramics are important not only for study and instruction of Cypriote archaeology but also as evidence of the dissemination of antiquities in the early 20th century. Numerous Cypriote ceramics in the Bryn Mawr Collection came from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and originally formed part of the Cesnola collection. The Cesnola collection (originally over 35,000 objects) was one of the largest and earliest sets of antiquities that the MET purchased in the 1870s. The fact that Bryn Mawr houses vessels from the Cesnola collection is the result of MET auctions of Cesnola objects (bought by individuals who later donated vessels to Bryn Mawr) as well as donations to Bryn Mawr College from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This website provides a virtual exhibition of the Cypriote materials in the Ella Riegel Collections at Bryn Mawr College. It is hoped that a wide audience, in addition to the Bryn Mawr College community, may become familar with these materials from such an exhibition. The website also details basic information concerning Cyprus and its rich archaeological history.

Questions or suggestions? Email me at nblackwe@brynmawr.edu

The website was created by Nicholas Blackwell, a 2006 summer curatorial intern and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College.

Last updated on 09/10/2006

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