|Bichrome ware, Archaic period of the early Iron Age 650-435 BC.This age of Cypriot ceramics was exceptional. Using only black/brown and red earth colours on buff surfaces the painting was vivid and delightful. The vessels were used as canvases for flowers, birds, fish, no end of geometric and floral motifs and the occasional human as well. Influences from Assyria, Egypt, Persia, Phoenicia, Syria and, of course, Greece were absorbed by the Cypriot crafts people. The creativity that had characterised them for the previous 2000 years reached its final high point during the Archaic period.