An exhibition of Armenian art from Cyprus is opened on April 7 at Leventis Municipal Museum in Nicosia, Cyprus.

The exhibition comprised the collection of the Kalfayan family from Thessaloniki in Greece. It consisted of works from the late 16th century to the 19th century. It included artefacts of historical and artistic value relating to the presence of Armenians in Cyprus. Armenians have lived in Cyprus since the early 6th century AD, and their history parallels the history of the island.

The Kalfayan family has close ties with Cyprus. The core of this exhibition was a presentation at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki. The Kalfayan family have continued to enthusiastically develop the collection, which they commenced in the inter-war period.

The collection of Armenain Art covers a range of art forms, for both ecclesiastical and secular use. It includes fabrics and textiles, excellent quality ceramics of the Kϋtahyan style, Chinese style porcelain objects, and handwritten manuscripts. It also incorporates relics from the Armenian Archbishopric in Cyprus. The sources of these works were Armenian artists, artisans, churches and collectors in Cyprus.

Armenian art has attracted the attention of collectors around the world and particularly in centres of Armenian migration where the local Armenian churches were the initial sites forthe reliquies and icons. It is interesting that in nearly all areas,the art concentrates on the religious, a trait of protecting the cultural heritage in placesremote from the homeland.

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