More ancient Cypriot art in Leeds?

Trawling through some files in the Leeds University Library Special Collections yesterday, I was intrigued to come across the 1994-95 catalogue for the Educational Resource Service. This detailed a huge variety of art objects for schools to borrow, including some that looked distinctly Cypriot.

As far as I can make out, ownership of the collection seems to have passed back and forth between Wakefield District Council and Bretton Hall College, which has now closed. So where did the Cypriot pottery end up? It could have been assimilated into the University’s collection (which I haven’t managed to pin down yet), or possibly into the Museum or School Loans Service (though the objects above don’t look very familiar). Another huge question is: how did the artefacts get into the collection in the first place? Bretton Hall has a long and distinguished history; is it possible they were collected by a former owner? Hopefully there’ll be more information to follow…

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