Ancient Mediterranean

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Ship model

Cat. No.







L: 28.3 cm; H (amidships): 9.1 cm; beam (amidships): 8.7 cm


terracotta boat model, red clay, no painted decoration

Accession Number

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna V 1501


Basch 1987: 254, 257, no. 553; Dolan 2023: 458-459, no. 56; Göttlicher 1978: 36, no. 163, pl. 11; Karageorghis 1996: 74, no.V(a):11, PL. XLII: 1; Westerberg 1983: 40-41, no. 48, fig. 48

Flat hull with a slightly rounded bottom and a flat gunwale. The stempost rises vertically with a slight outward slant that becomes more pronounced near gunwale level and ends in a concave extremity that projects above the gunwale. The bottom of the stempost is damaged, and it appears that the cutwater was broken off. The sternpost rises gradually and is missing above gunwale level. There is a band of clay along the gunwale on either side at the bow, which appears to be some kind of reinforcement. There is a thwart/cross-beam immediately behind each stem and a raised mast-socket amidships. The bow is quite similar to Nicosia C 66 and Louvre E 32296.

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

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 Unpublished DPhil Thesis.

Göttlicher, A. 1978. Materialien für ein Korpus der Schiffsmodelle im Altertum. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern.

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

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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