Ancient Mediterranean

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Ship model

Cat. No.





Amathus, Site E, tomb 83


L: 13 cm; H (amidships):3.5; beam (amidships): 4.5 cm


terracotta boat model in bichrome ware, smooth red-orange clay, decorated with red/purple and black paint

Accession Number

British Museum 1894,1101.186


Basch 1987: 255, no. 544b; Göttlicher 1977: 38, no. 174, pl. 13; Gray 1974: G. 31,3. e); Karageorghis 1996: 75, no. 18, pl. XLII: 8; Murray et al 1900: 119, 112, fig. 164, 20; Walters 1903: 36, A 209; Westerberg 1983: 33, no. 36, fig. 36

Crescentic hull with a rounded bottom and vertical, near symmetrical posts ending in a flat, undecorated extremity. The posts project above the gunwale by 2 and 2.5 cm respectively, with one of them curving inwards slightly while the other one is completely vertical. The outside of the hull is decorated on either side with two horizontal parallel bands (1 cm wide) - the upper one red, the lower one black. There are additional traces of a black band along the gunwale. The stems are decorated similarly to the hull with slightly thinner horizontal parallel bands in red and black

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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