Ancient Mediterranean

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Galley with shields

Cat. No.





Salamis, found amongst archaic rubble of the rampart


L: 15 cm; H: 10 cm


Terracotta boat model. Pinkish clay, white-beige slip with traces of red paint

Accession Number

Sal. 5020


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

Fragmentary model of which only the bow survives. Flat bottomed hull, with a horizontal band in relief at waterline level which is probably a wale for reinforcement. This is suggested by the fact that it is both aligned with the ram and connected to the stempost. On the port side, this wale is flanked above and below by noticeable depressions in the hull. The ram has a somewhat square tip with rounded edges. The stempost is broken off above gunwale level. Near the stem at the bow there is a large round shield, its upper half protruding above the gunwale. It has a central boss and is decorated with pellets all around its perimeter. The ship has a deck slightly below gunwale level. It is interrupted at the bow where there is a large circular opening granting access to a lower level. On top of the deck there are stumps which provide evidence that there were other features attached, now missing. Immediately below the wale at waterline level, the hull is pierced on either side to accommodate an axle that would have supported wheels. The model has traces of red paint.

From a certain archaic context, found amongst the archaic rubble of the rampart

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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