Ritual Figures and the Afterlife

Terracotta bull figurine

Terracotta bull figurine
1450 - 1200 BC
Exc. Department of Antiquities, Cyprus

Ritual Figures

Bulls were symbols of divine power in Cyprus and in the ancient Near East. Nude female figures, representing the divine power of fertility and abundance, have been linked to the worship of Astarte in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. Figurines like these have been found in tombs and sanctuaries all over Cyprus, affirming their religious nature.

Tomb Treasure

The wealth that Cypriots acquired during the Late Bronze Age is reflected in the luxurious offerings that archaeologists have found in the tombs of the elite.