Ancient Mediterranean

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Ship model

Cat. No.





Cyprus, further provenance unknown


L: 12.5 cm; H (amidships): 4.5 cm; beam (amidships): c. 4 cm; H (from bottom to top of sternpost): 7.5 cm


terracotta boat model of grey unpainted clay, stempost damaged

Accession Number

Istanbul Archaeological Museum no. 5793


Dolan 2023: 547-548, no. 102; Westerberg 1983: 41, no. 49, fig. 49

Long slender hull with a flat bottom. Slightly concave stempost with a pronounced inward slant integrating a prominent ram (2.5 cm) with a rounded tip. The stem is broken off at gunwale level. The sternpost rises 3 cm above the gunwale and curves inwards near parallel to the hull. There are no interior fittings. A roughly modelled human figure sits with his back to the stern, his arms resting on the gunwale and his lower body flattened against the hull. The head is missing.

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 Unpublished DPhil Thesis.

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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