The Idol Of Pomos
cruciform figurine that Premier DMC uses in its imagery is a
characteristic example of prehistoric art in Cyprus, representing the
island’s antiquity, culture and civilization.
The figurine after a steatite idol from the Chalcolithic period 3000 –
2500 BC was found in Pafos district:
This is a statue of the “Idol of Pomos”, a cross-shaped idol, dating
back to the Cypriot Chalcolithic period (3000 -2500 B.C.) which was
found in Pomos, a village in the district of Pafos, hence its name.
The sculpture represents a woman with her arms spread. The outstretched
form of the arms of the "Idol of Pomos" are believed to refer to its
function as a fertility symbol. Large numbers of this kind of sculptures
were found in Cyprus. The size of similar statues or idols could vary
enormously: from a few centimeters to statues of 1.5 m. Smaller versions
were worn as amulets around the neck or worn as charms.
In 2008 Cyprus adopted the euro. The Idol, as a good example of Cypriot
prehistoric art, was chosen to be displayed on the Cypriot euro coins of
1 and 2 euro.
Nowadays the statue can be seen on display in the Cyprus Archeological
Museum in Nicosia.