Cypriot artifacts on display at Museum of Natural History

Oct 15 2010 - 9:11pm

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(McClatchy-Tribune News Service) "Sphinx (c. 550-500 B.C.), Cypress Museum" is among the artifacts on display in "Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations" at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
(McClatchy-Tribune News Service) "Sphinx (c. 550-500 B.C.), Cypress Museum" is among the artifacts on display in "Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations" at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON -- A new exhibition featuring hundreds of artifacts from Cyprus on view for the first time in the United States opened recently at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

"Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations" will be on view at the museum through May 1. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cyprus.

" 'Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations' celebrates Cyprus' 11,000-year history and showcases some of the latest discoveries from the early era of Cypriot archaeology," said Sophocles Hadjisavvas, guest curator of the exhibition.

The exhibition features more than 200 artifacts that range from items from the earliest villages to medieval religious art and give an overview of the island's culture. Among the objects on display for the first time in the United States are:

SBlt Gold jewelry and sphinx sculptures from the Cypro-Archaic period (750 to 480 B.C.)

SBlt Vases, bowls and sculptures, including an Aphrodite marble, from the Hellenistic (325 to 50 B.C.) and Roman (50 B.C. to A.D. 330) periods

SBlt Bronze and copper items, including lamps and jugs, from the Byzantine period (330 to 1191)

SBlt Religious icons, paintings and vases from the medieval period (13th to 16th century)

The exhibition also features nearly 100 coins from different eras in Cypriot history, starting from the Hellenistic period through the Venetian period.

The Natural History museum is at 10th and Constitution Avenue N.W. It is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

Admission is free.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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