The Cypriote Collection of the department of archaeology University of Graz contains five bronze-age vessels and a Kourotrophos-relief made of lime stone. A ball cup of red polished ware (Inv. Nr. G 211) is missing. The foundation of the collection was the Kourotrophos-relief of Idalion (Inv. Nr. G 81) in 1869/70. Through exchange with the Landesmuseum Joanneum of Styria this relief ended up at the archaeological collection. It originates from the convolute of Cyprian antiques, which was collected by the botanist Franz Unger 1862 from a trip to Cyprus and later given to the Landesmuseum Joanneum.  Far less is known about the origin of other exemplars. The composed vessel of the base ring ware (Inv. Nr. G 57) was acquired between 1875 and 1910. The other vessels, Inv. Nr. G 208, G 209, G210, G211 (missing) and G 212 carry the note of registration "Origin Cyprus 1940" and were purchased by the former professor in ordinary Arnold Schober. The exact origin as well as the history of their acquisition is not clear. During the summer term in 2003 students of the department of archaeology worked on these objects in the course of a lecture. These members were W. Eckhart, I. Egartner, H. Jeremias, G. Koch, G. Kohlbacher, M. Lichtenegger, B. Nussmüller, I. Pirker, M. Strering.

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