Ancient Mediterranean

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Ship model

Cat. No.





Cyprus, uncertain provenance


L: 6 cm; H (amidships): 3 cm


terracotta boat model, rough uneven clay, no painted decoration.

Accession Number

Metropolitan Museum of Art 74.51.1751


Basch 1987: 253, 256, no. 550; Dolan 2023: 381-383, no. 27; Karageorghis 1996: 76, no.V(b):27, PL. XLIII: 8; Karageorghis et al 2016: 57, 255, no. 93; Myres 1914: 348, no. 2129; Westerberg 1983: 43, no. 52, fig. 52

Flat hull with a highly uneven gunwale and nearly symmetrical posts ending in rounded, undecorated extremities. Both posts rise sharply and are incurving, with one of them rising slightly higher above the gunwale, with a more pronounced inward curve (possibly the stern).

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 Unpublished DPhil Thesis.

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

Karageorghis, V., G. Merker and J. R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Myres, J. L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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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