Ancient Mediterranean

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Ship model

Cat. No.





Cyprus, uncertain provenance


L: 16.2 cm


terracotta boat model, partly damaged stem, black and purple/red paint

Accession Number

Nicosia Museum C 66


Dolan 2023: 509-511, no. 82; Karageorghis 1996: 74, no.V(a):10, PL. XLII: 2

Slightly rockered, slender crescent shaped hull with a rounded bottom and a flat gunwale. The stempost has a cutwater and first rises vertically, then slants outward markedly, its extremity broken off. The sternpost curves smoothly and rises vertically higher above the gunwale. There are remnants of its external decoration, including and "eye" on either side of the bow, and black and purple horizontal lines along the hull.

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 Unpublished DPhil Thesis.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

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