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How Greek is Limestone Sculpture on Cyprus? By Pamela Gaber When I first undertook to study the more than 150 limestone sculptures from the Iron Age uncovered at Idalion in Cyprus during the 19th century, I was struck by the universal tendency to treat Cypriot sculpture as somehow “debased Greek.” But what does that even mean? Map of Iron Age Cyprus. The ‘Idalion Colossus’. I was inspired by a handsome fellow, the “Idalion Colossus,” dating to the mid-fifth century BCE, who resides in the Leventis Gallery of Cypriot Art in the British Museum. When he was complete the Colossus would have stood over 7 feet tall. He is definitely not debased-anything! In fact, it struck me that he was a masterwork. When he was made the coastal cities of Cyprus had only recently joined the Greeks and Phoenicians in their conflict. The inland cities, including Idalion, stayed out of the conflict and continued to product and process their copper. From the late 3rd millennium BCE people from all over the east...