Palaipafos Museum

︎︎︎Limestone Sarcophagus
Inscription in Cypriot Syllabic Script
Mosaic Depicting Leda & The Swan
Sacred Stone (Baetyl)

Limestone Sarcophagus

According to Pavlos Flourentzos book “The Sarcophagus of Palaipafos”. Cyprus has been a happy playground for tomb-looters and smugglers of cultural goods, tresures and monuments, especially in the 19th and 20th century. The Island was heavily looted and the objects often rich Europe and America. The Sarcophagus is painted with Homeric scenes, unearthed in 2006 in a tomb near the village of Kouklia, in the coastal Pafos area. The tomb is probably belonging to an ancient warrior, 1st half of 5th century BC. It is made of limestone, stands on lion’s-paw legs and bears decoration in relief, with natural colors, illustrated in four surfaces.

On the 15th of March 2006 Eustathios Raptou (Archaeological Officer based in Pafos) found the extremely rare sarcophagus at the location Kato Alonia of the village of Kouklia, the modern continuity of the very important ancient kingdom of Cyprus known as Palaipafos.

The Sarcophogus of Palaipafos is a unique work of Cypto-Classical art found till now in Cyprus. The sarcophagus is made of Cypriot Limestone having 199cm length, 67cm width, 61cm height and thickness 7cm The sarcophagus is decorated on all four sides with scenes in low relief.




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