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Ship with a man's head

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Seraglio, Kos


L: 18 cm; H: 11 cm; thickness: 1.1 cm


Finely tempered well baked bright red clay. Yellowish-red inside, yellowish slip outside, brown and matt red-brown paint

Accession Number


Basch 1978: 146-47, no. 310; Morricone 1972-73: 358-359, 361; Thomatos 2006: 95-96, figs. 1.297, 1.299; Vermeule and Karageorghis 1982:XII.33; Wachsmann 1981: 200; 1998: 141-42, fig. 7.26a-b; Wedde 2000: 326, no. 650, 654

Remnants of a second ship together with the head of a man. The sail appears to be billowing to the left, suggesting the ship is facing in the same direction. A wavy line runs diagonally from the masthead. It is drawn identically to the hawser used to raise a stone anchor on a ship depicted on a later Cypriot jug. Semi-circular element on the left with a reserved dot in the center.

The figures are interpreted as wearing feathered helmets such as those worn by the Sea People depicted at Medinet Habu.

Basch, L. 1978. “Le Navire mns et autre notes de voyage en Egypte,” MM 64: 99-123.

Morricone, L. 1972-1973. “Coo – scavi e scoperte nel ‘Serraglio’ e in località minori (1935-1943),” Annuario 50-51: 139-396.

Thomatos, M. 2006. The Final revival of the Aegean Bronze Age: a case study of the Argolid, Corinthia, Attica, Euboea, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese during LH IIIC Middle. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Vermeule, E. and V. Karageorghis. 1982. Mycenaean Pictorial Vase Painting. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Wachsmann, S. 1981. “The Ships of the Sea People,” IJNA 10: 187-220.

―――. 1998. Seagoing Ships & Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press.

Wedde, M. 2000. Towards a Hermeneutics of Aegean Bronze Age Ship Imagery. Peleus Studien zur Archäologie und Geschichte Griechenlands und Zyperns, vol. 6. Bibliopolis: Mannheim and Möhnsee.

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