Ancient Mediterranean

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Single-levelled galley

Cat. No.



Late Geometric II (c. 730-700 B.C.)





Three joining sherds, orange to brown paint

Accession Number

Nafplion Archaeological Museum


Gercke and Naumann 1972: 20, 23, fig. 14; Tzahou-Alexandri 1990: 341

Midships section of a single-levelled ship to the left, with six rowers and part of two others preserved. The hull is represented by a single band that is slightly rockered. The oar blades are wheat shaped.

The rowers sit with their heads facing right, chests facing forward and seemingly holding hands, jointly grasping an oar held vertically on each side. This posture is identical to Louvre A 522, except that the rendering of the figures (Y-shaped bodies, rounded shoulders, pronounced chin and nose) indicate a later LG II date.

Gercke, P. and U. Naumann. 1974. “Tiryns - Stadt 1971. Tiryns-Stadt 1972,” AAA 7.1: 15-24.

Tzahou-Alexandri, O. 1990. “Contribution to the knowledge of 8th century B.C. Ship Representations,” in H.E. Tzalas (ed.) Tropis II: 2nd International Symposium on Ship Construction in Antiquity. Delphi 1987 (Hellenic Institute for the Preservation of Nautical Tradition). Athens: Hellenic Institute for the Preservation of Nautical Tradition, pp. 333-61.

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