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Ship model fragment

Cat. No.





Amathus, tomb 83


L: 9 cm; H: 9 cm


terracotta boat model fragment in bichrome ware. Reddish clay, black and red paint decoration

Accession Number

British Museum 1894,1101.188


Basch 1987: 258, 260, no. 561; Göttlicher 1977: 38, no. 176, pl. 13; Gray 1974: G. 31, 3. e); Karageorghis 1996: 75, no. V(a):16, pl. XLII: 5; Murray et al 1900: 113, fig. 164, 24; Walters 1903: 36, A 211; Westerberg 1983: 34, no. 38, fig. 38

Fragment of the bow showing a crescentic hull with a flat gunwale and a vertical stempost. Below the gunwale on the exterior there are moulded ribs running in two horizontal parallel bands all the way around the stem, interpreted as reinforcement planks. A clay projection (1.5 cm) from the upper plank some 4 cm aft of the stem is possibly a cathead for securing the anchor. Large black painted eye on either side of the bow. On either side of the hull below the gunwale are two parallel bands in red paint. Two oblique lines from the gunwale downwards are possibly oars. There are traces of black paint on the stem. The register of the excavations notes no fewer than six complete boat models and a seventh fragment from tomb 83.

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

Göttlicher, A. 1977. Materialien für ein Korpus der Schiffsmodelle im Altertum. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern.

Gray, D. 1974, Seewesen. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht.

Karageorghis, V. 1996. The coroplastic Art of ancient Cyprus. VI. Monsters, Animals and Miscellanea. Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation.

Murray, A. S., Smith, A. H. and Walters, H. B. 1900. Excavations in Cyprus: (bequest of Miss E. T. Turner to the British Museum). London: Trustees of the British Museum.

Walters, H.B. 1903. Catalogue of the Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum. London: Order of the Trustees.

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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