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Miscellaneous objects attributed to the Maroni-Kalavasos-Mari area

In addition to the finds from Walters' excavations of 1897, the British Museum acquired a number of items from collectors which were said to come from the Maroni or Mari area.

These include: a Roman glass vessel purchased from Luigi Palma di Cesnola in 1876: some vases from Max Ohnefalsch-Richter’s excavations of 1882; various gems, jewellery and small inscriptions acquired through Charles Christian in 1889 before he began to work for the British Museum as their agent; a fine Mycenaean krater acquired by Percy Christian from local villagers after the BM excavations at Maroni; a stamp seal purchased from the antiquity dealer William Ready in 1898, as well as a scarab purchased from Percy Christian the following year.

Apart from Percy Christian's krater, no information was provided by the vendors regarding the exact findspot of any of these items. Several of the inscriptions bought from Charles Christian in 1889 (grouped together here as M. 12) were probably found at Amathus. The names of Mari and Maroni were often confused at this time, introducing further uncertainty about the origin of the items from these areas. All of Charles Christian’s items are included here for convenience, though the reader should check the individual records for details of their provenance. Finally, the findspots assigned to some of these items given by Johnson 1980 are uncertain so again the object record should be checked for full details of their collection history. 

In addition to these 19th century finds, two Red Polished vases dating from the EC III or MC I periods said to come from the Kalavasos area were purchased from a Mr M. Kontsantonos in 1937. No findspot details were provided, and the individual himself is unknown to the author. Both vessels however have parallels with vases found in the extensive EC–MC cemeteries excavated in the village of Kalavasos and the surrounding area (including Maroni and Psematismenos) over the course of the 20th century mentioned above in the introduction to this Catalogue.

Miscellaneous objects in this Catalogue are numbered M.1 to M.20