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The Stamp-seals of Ancient Cyprus

Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph

By A.T. Reyes

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Format: Hardback, 400 pages
Other Information: b/w illus throughout
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2001
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Glyptics had a long history in Cyprus; from at least the fourteenth century BC, the island produced seals in significant quantities in a variety of shapes and styles. The cylinders from the Late Bronze Age are well documented, but the stamp-seals which came after them, and preceded the gem industry of classical times, have previously been neglected. This study examines these in order to discover what they reveal about society at the end of the Late Bronze Age when they first appear and the subsequent Iron Age when they proliferated and moved into common use within the island. Reyes discusses the different designs and styles of stamp-seals and their development, local tradition and foreign influence, including a detailed discussion of evidence for Phoenician influence. Also examined are materials and manufacture and the different uses they were put to - inscriptions, sealings, votive practices and personal adornment. There are several appendices and a glossary of terms.

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On p. 2 Reyes states that this volume is a general guide to a bewildering mass of material that has accrued over the years as a result of both antiquarian interest and scientific research and yet has been, for the most part, neglected and undervalued. We can thank Reyes for having redressed the balance in this carefully-produced and abundantly illustrated, accessible yet scholarly volume.'--Dominique Collon"Minerva" (01/01/0001)

EAN: 9780947816520
ISBN: 0947816526
Publisher: Oxford University School of Archaeology
Dimensions: 24.54 x 17.27 x 2.36 centimeters (0.99 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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