Ancient Mediterranean

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Minoan ship

Cat. No.



14th - 13th century BC




L: 1.75 cm; H: 1.63 cm; Th: 0.4 cm; Perf: 0.3 cm


Lenticular greenish-grey serpentine seal. Slightly worn at perforation.

Accession Number

Oxford Ashmolean Museum  AN1938.959


Basch 1987: 101, fig. C12; Boardman 1970: 106, 389; Casson 1971: 40; CMS VI, 655, Kat.Nr. 469; Gray 1974: G16, no. B11, G41-42, abb. 6.l; Kenna 1960: 103, no. 107, pl 5; Wedde 2000: 348, no. 977

Curved hull with symmetrical high posts ending in identical double-barbed extremities. Ten lines extend from the keel upwards. Mast amidship with two horizontal parallel lines possibly representing the lowered yard and boom. Three halyards or stays on each side. Ten oarlines below the hull.

Said to the from the neighbourhood of Chania. Bought by Evans at Chania in 1899.

Basch, L. 1987. Le musée imaginaire de la marine antique. Athens: Institut Hellénique pour la preservation de la tradition nautique.

Boardman, J. 1970. Greek Gems and Finger Rings. Early Bronze Age to Late Classical. London.

Casson, L. 1971. Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Gray, D. 1974, Seewesen. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht.

Hughes-Brock, H. and J. Boardman. 2009. Corpus der minoischen und mykenischen Siegel. Band VI. Oxford. The Ashmolean Museum. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern.

Wedde, M. 2000. Towards a Hermeneutics of Aegean Bronze Age Ship Imagery. Peleus Studien zur Archäologie und Geschichte Griechenlands und Zyperns, vol. 6. Bibliopolis: Mannheim and Möhnsee.

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