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

  • Rare bronze relief depicting a man carrying a large copper ingot.
    Cyprus comes from the Greek "Kypros", meaning copper. Copper played an essential role in early Cypriot history since it is used to make bronze – highly valued in the ancient world. This rare bronze relief depicts 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.
    A reconstructed open-air sanctuary features the ROM's collection of votive sculptures from the Sanctuary of Apollo at Frangissa (near the ancient city of Tamassos), discovered in 1885.
  • Detail of Cypriot limestone sculpture of head, dating to 5th century BC.
    The unique appearance of Cypriot statues, which are made of local limestone rather than imported marble, highlight the artistic individuality of Cyprus.
  • Grave display from the Cypro-Geometric period.
    This grave display, from the Cypro-Geometric period, illustrates the archaeological context from which much of the Cypriot pottery would once have been excavated.

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

What?

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. 

Where?

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

When?

Approximately 2200 – 30 BC

ROM Staff

Krzysztof Grzymski on location in Meroe, Sudan.

Senior Curator ( Egypt & Nubia)

Gwen Adams

Technician (Asian Collections)

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui