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Sexually ambiguous imagery was a feature of Cypriot figurative art from at least the Neolithic and remained part of ancient Cypriot tradition for at least seven millennia. The purpose of this type of imagery is a topic of considerable controversy: some sexually ambivalent figures are unequivocally associated with early Cypriot religion, whilst others remain a mystery. Is it possible that some of these images relate to the secular world rather than the sacred?
In her presentation, Dr Christou will consider both the archaeological and literary evidence.