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Kato Polemidia (Municipality, Cyprus)

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Flag of Kato Polemidia - Image by Tomislav Šipek , 21 November 2019

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Presentation of Kato Polemidia

The municipality of Kato Polemidia (22,369 inhabitants in 2011 is located just north of Limassol.

Ivan Sache, 24 November 2011

Flag of Kato Polemidia

The flag of Kato Polemidia (photo) is white with the municipal emblem in the center.
The artifact features on the emblem is captioned "Kernos 2500-2000 BC".

Such composed vases of distinctive shape are mostly known as the sacred vessels used in the worship of the Eleusine Demeter. The description of a kernos is given by Polemon in a well-known passage quoted by Athenaeus (XI, 478c):
"[The kernos] is a terracotta vessel with many little bowls stuck on to it. In them there is sage, white poppy heads, wheat, barley, peas (?), vetches (?), pulse, lentils, beans, spelt (?), oats, cakes of compressed fruit, honey, olive oil, wine, milk, and unwashed sheep's wool. When one has carried the vessel, like a liknopheros, he tastes of the contents".
The manner in which these vessels were actually carried on the heads of worshipers in the sacred processions is well-illustrated by the red-figure of the late 5th or early 4th century that Niinion dedicated to the Two Goddesses at Eleusis.
[Homer A. Thompson and Dorothy B. Thompson. Hellenistic Pottery and Terracottas. 1987 reprint from Hesperia]

Terracotta kernos from the Cypro-Geometric I (1050-950 BC), Cypro-Geometric III (850-750 BC) and Cypro-Archaic period (750-600 BC) are found in the collections of the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (photo, photo, photo, photo). Older artifacts found in Melos are from the Early Cycladic III-Middle Cycladic I (2300-2200 BC) (photo).

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 24 November 2019