Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts and Design Faculty Member Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın, Analyzed the codes of the Cylindrical Seals that mark the History of Cyprus at the “5. International ZEUGMA Scientific Research Congress”

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Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts and Design Faculty Member Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın, Analyzed the codes of the Cylindrical Seals that mark the History of Cyprus at the “5. International ZEUGMA Scientific Research Congress”

At the interdisciplinary “5. International ZEUGMA Scientific Research Congress”, presentations made in maths, physical sciences, architecture, engineering, social sciences, health sciences, agricultural sciences, fine arts, and sports sciences by scientists and academicians coming from six countries.

At the congress, Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts and Design Faculty Member Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın presented a paper titled “Analysis of Cyprus Archaeological Cylinder Seal Images”.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Yazgın traced the cultural codes of the period on the “archaeological cylinder seals” used in the archeological periods of Cyprus by analyzing which entities and images were used as design elements.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın, “Archaeological cylinder seals give important clues about the culture of the period in which they were used”
Emphasizing that the figures on the seals were evaluated as a design element from a different perspective other than the archaeological perspective, Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın said that the research was created by examining the archaeological cylinder seals used in Cyprus, which are exhibited in archeology museums in Cyprus and at the British Museum, Metropolitan Museum and John Hopkins Museum.

In the research, motifs, figures, decorations and all other imagery engraved on seals are examined and categorized. Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın identified twenty-seven themes belonging to six main categories: writings, figures (two sub-categories), ornaments (ornaments), symbols, plants, and insects. Assist. Prof. Dr. Yazgın said, “It seems that the cultures, social and economic structures, artists, animal populations and vegetation of the island and surrounding countries inspired the figures on Cyprus archaeological seals.” The seals feature different compositions of production-related scenes such as hunting, sacrificial man and offering, blessing, sexuality, mythological scenes, planting trees.

Stating that the imagery accumulations carried in the visual memories of cylinder seal scrapers have a wide variety, Assist. Prof. Dr. Yazgın said, “We can also say that the people of that day had a high level of skill and technical competence for these scrapings on hard stones.” Yücel Yazgın added that, based on the diversity of imaginations used by the people of the period, they embroidered all elements, from their material and spiritual cultural accumulations under the conditions of the day, to their lives, to observations of nature, to their production methods, on seals.

The linoleum print works of Yücel Yazgın inspired by the figures on cylinder seals used in Cyprus also attracted great attention at the “5. International ZEUGMA Scientific Research Congress”.