Ancient Mediterranean

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Ship model

Cat. No.





Unknown provenance


L: 16.7 cm; H (amidships): 5.5 cm; beam (amidships): 6.2 cm


terracotta boat model, light-brown clay mixed with fragments of white stone

Accession Number

Narodowe Museum, Cracow no. XI-1236


Basch 1987: 253, 255, no. 545; Dolan 2023: 507-508, no. 81; Göttlicher 1978: 36, no. 164, pl. 11; Kapera 1969: 45-46; 1970: 39-51, figs. 47-49; Karageorghis 1996: 76, no.V(b):22, PL. XLIII: 4; Westerberg 1983:39-40, no. 45, fig. 45

Deep, bulgy crescentic hull with a flat middle bottom and vertical posts that protrude slightly above the gunwale. One of the stems is slightly more inclined outwards and curves inwards above the gunwale, ending in a slightly concave/forked tip. The other stem is perfectly vertical and has a more slender extremity above the gunwale, ending in an undecorated, slightly rounded tip. The hull is decorated with three horizontal parallel bands alternating between black and red, starting with black below the gunwale.

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 Unpublished DPhil Thesis.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.

Kapera, Z. J. 1969. “Die Terrakottaflotte des Kinyras,” Bibliotheca Classica Orientalis 14: 45–46.

―――. 1970. “Terakotowy model barki morskiej,” Rozprawy I Sprawozdania Muzeum Narodowego w Krakowie 10: 39-51.

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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