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Cyprus Image Collection

Illustrations of Artifact Categories Subject to U.S. Import Restriction

Organization of the Images Copyright Statement

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Designated List Heading

Designated List Section
Metal IA Bronze
  IB Lead
  IC Silver and Gold
Wood II Wood
Ivory and Bone III Ivory and Bone
Glass IV Glass
Textile - Ritual Garments V Textiles - Ritual Garments (unillustrated)
Stone VIA Wall Mosaics (unillustrated)
  VIB Floor Mosaics
Frescos/Wall Paintings VII Frescos/Wall Paintings

Organization of the Images

The organization of the image collection follows that of the Designated List published in the Federal Register notice of April 12, 1999. Images of objects that illustrate each of the seven major categories are provided above. Each Designated List Section has one page of thumbnail images. Each thumbnail image on the thumbnail page is linked to an information page and a full size image of the artifact. The image database may also be searched by keyword.

The images presented here are selected examples only and do not illustrate comprehensively every category or type of object subject to importation restrictions. Refer to the Federal Register notices in the sidebar for the definitive list of archaeological artifacts subject to U.S. import restrictions. Any artifact accompanied by an export permit from its country of origin may enter the U.S. without restriction.


The images in the database were generously provided by the Ministry of Communication and Works, Department of Antiquities, Republic of Cyprus. The source of individual images is noted in the Photograph and Copyright fields on each artifact information page. For information on permitted use of the images, see the Copyright Statement .

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