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Galley with shields

Cat. No.





Amathus, tomb 602. no. 1


L: 18.7 cm; H: 3.7 cm


terracotta boat model

Accession Number

Limassol district Museum


Christou 1992: 799, fig. 17; Dolan 2023: 419-421, no. 41; Karageorghis 1996: 74, no.V(a):14, PL. XLII: 6

Long slender hull, with a slightly rounded bottom. Both posts are broken off above gunwale level and the ram is missing. Pairs of shields placed at the bow and stern on either side in an identical manner to the previous model. There is a painted band along the gunwale and the upper half of the shields.

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 Unpublished DPhil Thesis.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. 1992. “Chronique des fouilles et découvertes archéologiques à Chypre en 1991,” BCH 116.2: 793-831.

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

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