PERMANENT EXHIBITION

Cypriot Art

The Cypriot collection in the MCA (Thanos N. Zintilis collection) is one of the most comprehensive collections of Cypriot antiquities in the world, with more than 800 objects.

THE EXHIBITION

Ancient Cypriot Art is a fascinating example of cultural amalgamation in antiquity. It combines creatively elements deriving from local, Greek, Egyptian and Near Eastern traditions, and exemplifies the intense level of interaction among ancient Mediterranean cultures.

The MCA collection of Ancient Cypriot Art (one of the largest outside Cyprus) comprises unique prehistoric figurines, Archaic and Classical sculptures, inscriptions, bronzes, coins, exquisite gold jewellery, impressive glasswork, and a wide array of ceramics ranging in date from the 4th millennium BC to Medieaval times.

The most important pieces of the collection are presented on the 3rd floor of the museum in a highly interactive exhibition.

The Thanos N. Zintilis Collection of Cypriot Antiquities, one of world’s most important, was added to the permanent collections of the Museum of Cycladic Art in 2002 on a long-term loan and presented to the public for the first time in 2004. 

Completed in 2012 and based on a new museographical study, the display showcases 550 (previously 400) objects dating from the Chalcolithic to the Byzantine, Medieval, and Modern periods, grouped according to time period and category. The new display uses contemporary museological approach (in design, colour, lighting, and presentation of the exhibits on relevant illustrated surfaces) to highlight the rich in style, decoration, and imaginative shapes Cypriot pottery (utilitarian, storage, and table wares) of the prehistoric and historic periods, which represent the collection’s core.

The pottery is presented in ten cases, covering a wide spectrum from the mid-third Millennium BC to Late Antiquity. Separate cases corresponding to different thematic units complete the pottery display: religion, weaving, perfume making, funerary rites, writing, metalworking, coins, seal stones, and foreign relations. The peripheral display also includes glass vases and jewelry displayed by chronology and category.

The development of the human form in figurines and sculpture from Chalcolithic to Roman times is shown in prominent cases in the centre of the gallery. This allows the visitor to understand specific types in the long development from the first Chalcolithic figurines and pendants of the fourth millennium BC, made of native Cypriot picrolite, to the acme of terracotta and sculptural art in limestone – and, rarely, marble – of the Iron Age. The exhibit is accompanied by comprehensive texts for each case, introductory and thematic texts, maps and a chronological chart, as well as multimedia applications on touch screens with texts, figures, and drawings that contain further information on Cypriot copper, the commodity that brought wealth and well-being to the island, the history of writing and coinage.

Permanent Exhibition

ONLINE TICKET

OBJECTS

EXPLORE THE COLLECTION

Cypriot Themes

CONTRIBUTORS

Supervision-Coordination
Professor Nicholas Chr. Stampolidis, Director MCA

Exhibition Curator
Maria Dhoga-Toli, Curator MCA 
in collaboration with
Mimika Giannopoulou, Curator MCA

Multimedia Documentation 
Mimika Giannopoulou, Curator MCA 
Contribution
Nikos Papadimitriou, Curator MCΑ

Museographic study - Exhibition texts
Maria Dhoga-Toli, Curator MCA

Design & Production 
GPD Exhibitions & Museums
Project Manager
Alexander Manresa

Multimedia Applications
Radiant Technologies, Ltd
Tasos Bellas

AUTHORS

Maria Tolis
Archaeologist

Nicholas Papadimitriou
Curator MCA

Anna Lekka
Archaeologist, Hellenic Ministry of Culture

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