- Museum number
Limestone box; rectangular body with straight sides on four squared legs; decorated with incised motifs on the outside: chevron-bands and arrow-heads; single round piercing just below the rim in the middle of one of the long sides, probably an attachment of a lid (now missing).
- Production date
- 800 BC-600 BC
Height: 13.50 centimetres
Length: 18 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Parallels: SCE IV/2, fig. 40,4 (Marion, Swedish Tomb 98: SCE II, 454 no. 41 and pl. LXXXVII); Karageorghis 1966, 286 no. 3 and fig. 25 (tomb near Athienou, found with pottery of CA II date); Papageorghiou 1990, 945-6 and fig. 14 (Aradippou tomb 1/82, CA I); Nys and Åström 2005, 20 no. 165 and pl. 8 (no provenance).
On stone and terracotta boxes of Iron Age date, some og which feature figural decoration, see the detailed survey of Karageorghis and Iacovou 1990, 95-6. The authors suggest that the lid would have been attached with a pin, as paralleled by a clay example in the Pierides Collection. Their function remains unclear. Aruz and Hermary interepreted the examples in the Cesnola Collection in the Metropolitan Museum in New York - all ostensibly from tombs around Athienou (Golgoi) - as small altars.
Karageorghis V. 1967, 'Chronique des fouilles et découvertes archéologiques à Chypre en 1966', BCH 91/1, 275-370.
Karageorghis V. and Iacovou M. 1990, 'Amathus Tomb 521: A Cypro-Geometric I group'. Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus, 75-105.
Nys K. and Åström P. 2005, Cypriote antiquities in public collections in Sweden: Malmö, Lund and Göteborg. Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities 28. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XX:28 (Sävedalen).
Papageorghiou A. 1990, 'Chronique des fouilles et découvertes archéologiques à Chypre en 1989', BCH 114/2, 931-85.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number