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Stone Sculpture in Chalcolithic Cyprus

Lucia Vagnetti
Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
No. 282/283, Symposium: Chalcolithic Cyprus (May - Aug., 1991), pp. 139-151
DOI: 10.2307/1357267
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1357267
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

Stone sculpture in prehistoric Cyprus has a long tradition that starts in the Aceramic Neolithic period. One can easily follow the development of the figurative tradition from Neolithic to Chalcolithic, when the use of picrolite, an attractive blue, soft stone native to southwestern Cyprus, becomes widespread and produces figurines of high craftmanship and style. There are also connections with the figurative tradition of neighboring areas, such as the Levant and Anatolia; similarities with Cycladic figurines are more superficial. This article reexamines the basic features of Chalcolithic stone sculpture in the light of recent finds from regular excavations. A general comparison of some features of stone and terracotta figurines is also attempted.

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