Ancient Mediterranean

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Small boat

Cat. No.





Salamis, found amongst archaic rubble of the rampart


L: 12.8 cm; H (max): 4.9 cm;


Terracotta boat model. Brown-pink clay with entire exterior painted in red, interior in black

Accession Number

Sal. 5146


Dolan 2023: 530-531, no. 92; Karageorghis 1996: 74-75, no. V(a)15, fig. 60; Monloup 1984: 148, nos. 566-571, pl. 28, 158-160, no. 601, pl. 29; Wachsmann 2013: 158, fig. 3.73

Crescentic hull with symmetrical posts slightly raised above the gunwale. The outside of the model is painted in red in its entirety, while the inside is painted black. There are traces of a seated figure in the form of imprints from the legs and hands.

From a certain archaic context, found amongst the archaic rubble of the rampart. The model was found in association with White Painted IV ware.

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 Unpublished DPhil Thesis.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

Monloup, Th. 1984. Salamine de Chypre XII, Les figurines de terre cuite de tradition archaïque, Paris: De Boccard.

Wachsmann, S. 2013. The Gurob Ship–Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context. College Station: Texas A&M University Press.

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