A.G. Leventis Foundation Gallery of Ancient Cyprus | Level 3

  • Rare bronze relief depicting a man carrying a large copper ingot.
  • A reconstructed open-air sanctuary features the ROM's collection of votive sculptures from the Sanctuary of Apollo at Frangissa.
  • Detail of Cypriot limestone sculpture of head, dating to 5th century BC.
  • Grave display from the Cypro-Geometric period.

The crossroads of the Eastern Mediterranean.  

The island of Cyprus is rich in natural resources and lies between the eastern and western worlds.  From the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period trade with, and control of, ancient Cyprus was important to the Greeks and Romans to the west and the Assyrians, Phoenicians and Persians to the east. The unique artistic personality of Cypriot work in this period was formed by these many competing influences, showcased by the ROM's collection of extraordinarily beautiful ancient Cypriot artifacts.  

About the Gallery


300 objects focus on art created in Cyprus between the Bronze Age and the Hellenistic period, divided into thematic displays. An audio-video presentation showing excavations and historical significance of many ancient Cypriot cities complements the displays. 


Cyprus is nestled in the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea, south of present-day Turkey. 


Approximately 2200 – 30 BC

ROM Staff

Krzysztof Grzymski on location in Meroe, Sudan.

Senior Curator ( Egypt & Nubia)

Lisa Golombek

Curator Emeritus (Islamic Art) Retired

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui