Cypro-Archaic (Scope note)

750 BC - 475 BC. The economic and commercial trends of the Cypro-Geometric period (q.v) culminated in a flowering of cultural activity in the Cypro-Archaic period. The numerous city-kingdoms, whose wealth and power are visible in tombs and increasingly monumental architecture (including urban fortifications), appear as vassals in the historical records of the Assyrian Empire. Pictorial art on vases develops considerably, while three-dimensional representation, in the form of stone and terracotta statues deposited in large numbers in tombs, reaches impressive levels.