The Ancient World in Stockholm Part Two: Cyprus

…continued from Part One…

Stockholm houses one of the largest archaeological collections from Cyprus.  This is in large part thanks to the excavations undertaken in 1927-1931 by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition.  They dug in about twenty locations and discovered material from the Stone Age to the Roman era.  The team were also notable for their scholarship in that they not only conducted scientific and organised excavations, but they also published their finds and findings over six volumes.

The gold and silver objects remained in Cyprus, but the rest of the team’s excavations were shipped to Sweden – some 771 crates of stuff.  These boxes stayed in the Historical Museum basement from the 1940s until 1982, when the current museum opened – and now they are shown off beautifully.

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Heads of men and women, pots and glass, 7th century BC- 1st century AD, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Bust of a child, 400-300BC, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Bust of a child, 400-300BC, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Different skill levels from different eras on show, 7th century BC- 1st century AD, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Different skill levels from different eras on show, 7th century BC- 1st century AD, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Amphoriskos, c600-475BC, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Amphoriskos, c600-475BC, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Range of busts from Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Range of busts from Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Bust with red lips, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Bust with red lips, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Male statuette, 600-475BC, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Male statuette, c600-475BC, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Little figurines showing musicians and the seller of some sort of sweet-meat, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Little figurines showing musicians and the seller of some sort of sweet-meat, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Woman carrying fruit, 475-300BC, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Woman carrying fruit, Vouni, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Seated woman, 400–300BC, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Seated woman, 400–300BC, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Horses and horsemen, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Horses and horsemen, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Four statues from sanctuaries, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Four statues from sanctuaries, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Statue of a man, 400-300BC, Cyprus, terracotta, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden.  This is one of the finest and best preserved terracotta sculptures found at Mersinaki.

Statue of a man, 400-300BC, Cyprus, terracotta, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden.  This is one of the finest and best preserved terracotta sculptures found at Mersinaki.

Detail of the shoes of the statue of a man, 400-300BC, Cyprus, terracotta, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Detail of the shoes of the statue of a man, 400-300BC, Cyprus, terracotta, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Female kore, 2nd century BC-1st century AD, Vouni, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Female kore, 2nd century BC-1st century AD, Vouni, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Pretty earrings on the female kore, 2nd century BC-1st century AD, Vouni, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Pretty earrings on the female kore, 2nd century BC-1st century AD, Vouni, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Eroded statue of a man, 1st/2nd century AD, Cyprus, limestone, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Eroded statue of a man, 1st/2nd century AD, Cyprus, limestone, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Detail of the eroded statue of a man, 1st/2nd century AD, Cyprus, limestone, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Detail of the eroded statue of a man, 1st/2nd century AD, Cyprus, limestone, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

The star exhibit of the collection, though, is the amazing display of votive statues from a sanctuary discovered in the 1930s in Ayia Irini.  It is not known who the deity worshipped here was – though it’s been speculated that it was a fertility god.  It was in use from about 1000BC, and was regularly added to and repaired until destructive floods in c500BC, although it was used again in the 1st century BC.  The selection of statues that have been found are therefore from all time periods, and are absolutely fascinating.

 

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Votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Drowning in a sea of votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Drowning in a sea of votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Large votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Large votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

The staring, yet vacant, eyes of the votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

The staring, yet vacant, eyes of the votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Charging chariots among the votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Charging chariots among the votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

The smirking and the smug votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

The smirking and the smug votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

A range of votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

A range of votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Votive statues carrying pets from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Votive statues carrying pets from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Statue of a boy holding a very little goat, Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Statue of a boy holding a very little goat, Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Gnome-ish votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Gnome-ish votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Smirking votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Smirking votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Rather Egyptian style chap in a chariot, Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

Rather Egyptian style chap in a chariot, Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

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The invasion of the votives!  Votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

All hail!  Votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden 

All hail!  Votive statues from the sanctuary of Ayia Irini, Cyprus, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

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