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