Material and Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: Height 65mm; diameter 115mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1961.21
This undecorated bowl was found in Cyprus. It was collected by Reverend Roosmalin in the 1800s. It probably dates from the period when Cyprus was under Greek control.
In 333 BC, Alexander the Great annexed Cyprus. After he died in 323 BC, there was conflict over his kingdom. The local Cypriot kingdoms had to take sides which led to their destruction by about 310 BC. The island was then mostly ruled by the Ptolemies, a Greek dynasty based in Egypt. People started using new artistic styles, worshipping new religions and using the Greek alphabet. From 58 BC to 395 AD, Cyprus was a Roman province. During this period, the island was peaceful and prosperous.