Tag Archives: Cypriot

An aryballos excavated by Sir Alfred Biliotti from Kameiros.

RAMM’s connection to Sir Alfred Biliotti

The research circle For me as a Curator, one of the joys of the RAMM Leventis project is being able to spend time researching the collection. In the past, curators traditionally spent much of their working time doing research – usually detailed studies of very small and very specialist groups of objects in their museum’s […]

Cypriot krater after conservation treatment

Conservation of a Cypriot krater

Object name: Cypriot krater Dimensions: 237 mm x 270mm Age: Iron Age Description: Beige coloured krater with dark brown, geometrical slip decoration. The ceramic was extremely fragile. Due to salt contamination the surface of around 65% of the rim and shoulder was lost or flaking off. The remaining 35% of the rim were broken into eight pieces. […]

Conservation of a milk bowl from Cyprus

Object Name: milk bowl Dimensions: after reconstruction: height: 100mm   diameter: 235mm Age: Cypriot early Bronze Age Description: Red slipware milk bowl with a long spout and a small handle opposite the spout; round base. The bowl was broken into six pieces on receipt in the conservation lab, two of the breaks seemed fairly recent. The […]

Corinthian helmet

The hidden stars of RAMM’s collection

There are always objects in a museum’s collection that stand out to visitors – maybe because they are especially shiny, or unusually small or big, or because they are associated with a famous place or person. One of the most popular items in RAMM’s Greek collection is this Corinthian helmet, a type of armour worn by […]

Cypriot charioteer ad horses figure

Collecting ancient Cyprus

One of the many things I discovered during my time at the British Museum (see my earlier post) was the wider significance of objects in our collections here at RAMM. Among our collection are objects from a temple site at Idalion (Idalium), which was excavated by Sir Robert Hamilton Lang in the late 19th century. […]

A Cypriot pot

Talking with our ancestors

For me, the really exciting aspect of this project is discovering the objects in the museum’s collection and marvelling at just how talented our predecessors were. It’s far too easy to view ‘the past’ as a mystical place – a place that doesn’t really exist apart from as a concept in our heads. It’s often a place that […]

Ceramic musician from Idalium

A lady musician

An update from Linda: Following from my last post, I promised to tell you more about the fascinating objects we found in the store. Far and away my favourite object so far is this beautiful artefact. Who is she? Just 15cm tall she is very lovely with a smart, complex hairstyle topped with a tall head-dress. […]

Conserved glass flask/bottle

Conservation of a Roman glass flask

Object Name: Glass flask/bottle Dimensions: 20 shards Age: Roman Period Glass. Collector living in Cyprus between 1879-1907 Description:  Glass vessel originally in 20 pieces. Once re-assembled it has a round bell-like bottom with a long neck. Object has localised area of iridescence and insoluble salt deposits. Larger shards have running cracks from when it was broken. Treatment:  The glass […]

Striking gold with stone!

From Linda: Today we (metaphorically) struck gold discovering several very interesting objects! A mystery… First of all, a mysterious artefact – I had no idea what it was! My first reaction was ‘how dull’, but the more I looked at it the more fascinated I became. It is the shape of a can, approximately 7 […]

Linda and Jenny with photography equipment

Exploring the Stores

As RAMM’s Collections and Audiences Assistant I am responsible for a lot of the museum’s object photography, and this has been my primary involvement in the Leventis project. The process has been very exciting so far! I feel very privileged to be able to explore RAMM’s stores and shed some light on a fascinating collection. […]