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Glazed pottery of Lapithos, Cyprus
(Εφυαλωμένη κεραμική της Λαπήθου)
Element, inscribed on the National ICH Registry of Cyprus
The art of pottery making first appeared in Cyprus during the Neolithic period and continues to this day. Glazed pottery from the now occupied town of Lapithos, in the Keryneia district, holds a special place in the traditional pottery of Cyprus. The technique of making the Lapithos glazed pottery, commonly known as “aleifta” (varnished) pottery, is similar to medieval practices discovered in the area and dating back to the 16th century. A characteristic feature of the clay pots is the use of a special glaze, called “gyalomman”, which makes them suitable for domestic use. Today, the craft is continued by experienced potters from Lapithos in their workshops in Nicosia and other towns on the island.
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