Cypriote Terracotta Objects


Exhibition Selection

The Bryn Mawr College Collections only has two Cypriote terracottas, both from the Cypro-Archaic period. Click here to view these terracottas in the virtual exhibition. Although terracotta figurines are known from several different periods, they are especially popular in the Archaic period.

For more information on Cypriote terracottas, the following links can be consulted:

-An introduction to Cypriote terracottas - from the Harvard Semetic Museum website

-The terracotta objects in the Harvard Semetic Museum; originally part of the Cesnola Collection

-Terracotta objects in the MET - Cesnola collection

The largest cache of Cypriote terracotta objects (over 2,000) were found at the Ayia Irini sanctuary in the northwest part of the island near the Bay of Morphou (see map below). The terracottas date to the 7th-6th centuries and were found around a stone altar (see picture below).This sanctuary was excavated by the Sweedish Cyprus Expedition and half of the terracottas are on display in the National Archaeology Museum of Cyprus in Nicosia and the other half are housed in the Medelhavsmuseet in Sweeden. The terracottas in this collection are of various sizes and many of them have militaristic characteristics. Chariots with armed riders are a favorite type of terracotta during the Archaic period.

Terracotta figurines from Ayria Irini

Map of Cyprus showing sites from various periods. Notice location of Ayia Irini in the northwest on the Bay of Morphou.