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Red polished III ware bird-shaped askos, Cyprus, Vounous, Tomb 69, Early Cypriot III to Middle Cypriot I, c. 2000-1800 BCE. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Cypriot Collection
The University of Melbourne’s Art Collection includes Cypriot antiquities that are representative of the human history of Cyprus, a strategically important island in the Mediterranean Sea. The Cypriot antiquities include a wide range of Bronze and Iron Age artefacts that were brought to Australia by the late JR Stewart from the 1930s until the early 1960s.
Cyprus played an important regional role and developed a unique and distinctive culture. Situated at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, the island was a meeting place for the major civilisations of the ancient world: Mesopotamia, Assyria and Persia to the east, Anatolia to the north, Egypt to the south, and Greece and Rome to the west.