The Terracottas from the Kitian Sanctuary of Artemis Paralia: A Snapshot

In: Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas

Abstract

In the last decades of the 19th century, the British Museum, the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum successively set up and enriched their collections of Cypriot Antiquities. Among the artefacts leaving the island, there was a large number of terracotta figurines excavated near the Salt Lake of Larnaca. These meticulously Greek in style figurines were quickly compared to the popular productions of Athens and Tanagra, before being sent abroad, in separate batches. The discovery, a few years later, of inscribed stelae led archaeologists to identify a sanctuary dedicated to Artemis Paralia on the north-eastern shores of the Lake, an identification that is strongly disputed today.

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