The Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades is organising, in collaboration with the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, the touring exhibition entitled "From Homer's World - Tinos and the Cyclades in the Mycenean Era" at the Foundation's Museum of Marble Crafts in Pyrgos, Tinos.
The exhibition aims at showcasing the contribution of the Cyclades in the Mycenaean culture in the Aegean Sea, presenting, inter alia, antiquities that are unknown to the broad public, and assembling a panorama of Mycenaean civilisation in the Cyclades. More than 150 selected items, representative objects of ceramic art, metallurgy, miniature art, jewellery, and figurines and statuettes, reveal aspects of the magnificent cultural heritage of the Mycenaean world, the inspiration for two of the foremost works of global literature, the Iliad and the Odyssey.
It is the first time that the small, but rare in the Aegean, vaulted tomb of Aghia Thekla in northern Tinos will be displayed to the public. The monument was discovered in the course of road-building works and its remains were excavated by the late lamented Tinian archaeologist George Despinis in 1979. Resting place for an "aristocratic" family, the tomb of Aghia Thekla (13th-12th century BC) had been used for multiple burials. It is one of only three vaulted tombs in the Cyclades and is, for the time being, the only confirmed Mycenaean site on the island. The valuable artefacts it contains reveal the high cultural level of the time and showcase various aspects of Mycenaean civilisation.
The exhibition also includes ancient artefacts from other important prehistoric sites in the Aegean Sea, specifically from Naxos, Delos, Mykonos, Paros, Milos, Sifnos, Thera and Kea, presenting for the first time an overall depiction of the profile and significance of Mycenaean civilisation in the Cycladic archipelago. The narration, supported by audio and video presentations, is comprised of sections that illuminate the main elements of life in that time, such as everyday work and leisure, religious worship, funerary customs, warfare.
The exhibition is accompanied by a two-language catalogue, issued by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades with the support of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation.
The exhibition runs from July 13 to October 14, 2019
Opening hours: Daily except Tuesdays, 10:00-18:00
Closed on August 15
With the kind support of
Museum of Marble Crafts
Pyrgos, Panormos Tinou 842 01
Tel.: 2283031290 | www.piop.gr