Ancient Mediterranean

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Ship model

Cat. No.





Amathus, Site E, tomb 83


L: 15.5 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 1894,1101.185


Basch 1987: 255, no. 544c; Göttlicher 1977: 36, no. 160, pl. 10; Gray 1974: G. 31, 3 e), pl. G. IV b; Karageorghis 1996: 75, no. V(b):19, pl. XLIII: 1; Murray et al 1900: 112, 119, fig. 164, 16; Walters 1903: A 205; Westerberg 1983: 32-33, no. 35, fig. 35

Crescentic hull with a rounded bottom and vertical, near symmetrical posts ending in a flat, undecorated extremity. 6 cm from the sternpost there is a tall bulwark projecting 1.5 cm above the gunwale, probably indicating a poop-deck. The striped decoration is the same as on the previous model except that there are three bands on the lower part of the hull and five thinner ones on the elevated bulwark.

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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