Cypriot Chalcolithic Figurine

 

  • Age: Around 3900 - 2500 BCE
  • Material: Picrolite
  • Present Location: Paphos Archaeological Museum

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Dating from Chalcolithic period in Cyprus (chalcolithic refers to copper artefacts which first make their appearance alongside stone implements), burial of the dead was a key part of their culture. Chalcolithic graves sometimes contain beautiful figurines and pendants made from a local stone called picrolite or serpentine and usually had a cruciform appearance.

Cruciform figurines are generally found in female and child graves, possibly indicating religious beliefs about fertility and re-generation. Many picrolite figurines were attached to dentalium shell necklaces.

 

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