Ancient Mediterranean

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Small boat

Cat. No.



LH IIIC middle


Pyrgos Livanaton (Kynos)



Lip of a pictorial krater

Accession Number

Lamia Archaeological Museum


Dakoronia 2002: 286-87, fig. 11; 2006b: 29, fig. 9; Dakoronia and Kounouklas 2015: fig. 2; Tartaron 2013: 79, fig. 3.17

The sherd preserves the mast, a backstay and a forestay, as well as one of the boat's extremities which rises above the gunwale. A standing figure facing left and positioned between the mast and stay holding an oar might suggest this is the stern part of the vessel. The sternpost lacks decoration, goes upward and turns outwards. The distance between the stern and the mast is too small to accommodate additional individuals. The sail and yard are not pictured which suggests the boat might be somewhere in a port, with the individual attempting to maneuver the vessel either to the beach or to tie it down. The vessel resembles the one depicted on the Skyros stirrup jars, including the way the stays are depicted.

Dakoronia, F. 2002. “Further finds from Kynos,” in in H. Tzalas (ed.) Tropis VII: Seventh International Symposium on Ship Construction in Antiquity, Pylos, 26, 27, 28, 29 August 1999. Athens: Hellenic Institute for the Preservation of Nautical Tradition, pp. 283-290.

―――. 2006b. “Mycenaean Pictorial Style at Kynos, East Lokris,” in E. Rystedt and B. Wells (ed.) Pictorial Pursuits: Eigurative Painting on Mycenaean and Geometric Pottery. Paper from Two International Round-Table Conferences on Mycenaean and Geometric Pottery at the Swedish Institute at Athens in 1999 and 200. Stockholm: Svenska Instituted I Athen, pp. 23-29.

Dakoronia, F. and P. Kounouklas. 2015. “Fishing Technology: The Kynos Contribution,” in W.-D. Niemeier (ed.) Ein Minoer im Exil. Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie 270. Bonn: Verlag Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, pp. 35-50.

Tartaron, T. F. 2013. Maritime Networks in the Mycenaean World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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