Cypriot sculpture of a female stone head, 700 B.C.

This head fragment is Greek-Cypriot in style. It probably belonged to a larger sculpture. It is a female face with very characteristic features such as almond shaped eyes, large nose and thick lips. It has a hairstyle with a side ponytail that collects the curly hair. Due to the archaic style of its features and the shape of its carving, this sculpture belongs to a first group of figures made early in the 8th century BC. The unique geographical position of the island of Cyprus, situated in the centre of the eastern Mediterranean, makes it a natural point of connection between the cultures of the three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. Furthermore, due to the continuous dominations that have taken place on the island, a dense network of commercial and cultural relations was created between the different civilizations that exerted their influence on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean.


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