An ancient Cypriot artefact of the Proto-Geometric period – 1050-900BC – located in a London auction house has been repatriated from the UK, the antiquities department announced on Thursday.
According to the announcement, the artefact was located after an online search and following the request of the Cyprus authorities the auction house handed the artefact to the London Metropolitan Police, which in October delivered it to the offices of the Cyprus High Commission in London.
A conservator of the antiquities department travelled to London last week to oversee the packaging of the artefact and its transport back to Cyprus.
“The antiquity was part of the private collection of Mr Christakis Hadjiprodromou, which was in his house in Famagusta before the Turkish invasion of 1974. As a result of the invasion, the house was ransacked, the objects in the collection were stolen and the collection dispersed,” the announcement said.
Last February the antiquities department identified another important Cypriot antiquity from the same private collection – a clay figurine horse with a rider-warrior dating to the Cypro-Archaic period, circa 700BC – which was repatriated in July.