The department of antiquities said on Friday that an ancient clay figurine was repatriated to Cyprus from the United Kingdom.
The clay figurine depicts a horse and rider/warrior and dates to the Cypro-Archaic period (approximately 700 BC).
The figurine was identified by department officials on the website of a London-based antiquities dealer’s shop. Following a request by the department and the Cyprus police, the shop handed over the figurine to the London Metropolitan police, who in turn, returned it to the department of antiquities.
The figurine was part of Christakis Hadjiprodromou’s registered private collection that was kept in his house in Famagusta prior to the Turkish invasion in 1974.
As a result of the invasion, Hadjiprodromou’s residence was pillaged and his collection was looted and the artefacts scattered around the world.