Ancient Mediterranean

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Ship model

Cat. No.



Uncertain. LC or Cypro-Archaic (Westerberg); Cypro-Geometric I (Karageorghis)


Cyprus, found in the sea probably near Amathus


L: 26 cm; H (amidships): 2.5 cm; W: 8 cm


terracotta boat model, reddish clay with no painted decoration

Accession Number

Private Collection of Mr. Phr. Nicolaides, Limassol


Basch 1987: 254, 257, no. 554; Carbillet 2005: 82; Dolan 2023: 352-353, no. 16; Karageorghis 1976b: 872, fig. 64; 1993: 74, no. GK (ii)4, pl. XXXII; Knapp 2019: 143, no. 10; Westerberg 1983: 16, no. 11, 85, fig. 11

Low and slender crescentic hull, with a row of twelve round holes even spaced on either side below the gunwale. One of the stems rises above the gunwale near vertically, with a slight inward inclination. Attached to it is what appears to be a small poop-deck. Inside the model there are four thwarts. The holes are likely oarports rather than scuppers, as they are just below the gunwale.

Basch, L. 1987. Le musée imaginaire de la marine antique. Athens: Institut Hellénique pour la preservation de la tradition nautique.

Carbillet, A. 2005. “Cérémonies autour du thème de la navigation à Amathonte,” CCEC 35: 77-88.

Dolan, M. 2023. Ceci n'est pas un bateau: Reassessing terracotta boat models in Late Bronze and Iron Age Cyprus. University of Southhampton. Unpublished DPhil Thesis.

Karageorghis, V. 1976b. “Chronique des fouilles et découvertes archéologiques à Chypre en 1975,” BCH 100.2: 839-906.

―――. 1993.The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus II, Late Cypriote II-Cypro-Geometric III. Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation.

Knapp, A. B. 2018. Seafaring and Seafarers in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean. Leiden: Sidestone Press.

Westerberg, K. 1983. Cypriote Ships from the Bronze Age to c. 500 B.C. (SIMA, Pocket-books, 22). Göteborg: P. Åströms förlag.

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