Ancient Mediterranean

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Fragmentary ship model

Cat. No.

C102

Date

Cypro-Archaic

Findspot

Amathus, North rampart fill deposit

Dimensions

L: 8.7 cm; W: 6.2 cm; H: 3.7 cm

Medium

Fragmentary teracotta model. Greenish clay with limestone inclusions, bichrome decoration.

Accession Number

Limassol district museum AM 2640 (96.50.15)

References

Fourrier et al 2004: 75, 105, no. 15

Fragmentary model preserving one extremity, possibly the stem. Moderately rockered hull and a vertical, slightly convex post whose extremity is broken off. The gunwale is slightly moulded and painted with a black band on the exterior. Red painted band at waterline level and red painted post. No interior fittings or decoration.

The model comes from a fill of archaic date securely established to have originated from the palace of Amathus, deposited against the North Wall of the lower town (Blandin and Fourrier 2003a; 2003b). This was a single deposition event, with a rich and diverse material that reflects the polyvalent activities of the palace, including its role as the seat of a central administration (storage, commercial amphorae, inscribed documents in three different scripts), sanctuaries (terracotta figurines, engraved scapulae, thymiateria), workshops (stone tools, kiln wasters, metallurgical waste), as well as elite residences (Egyptian alabaster vase, imported Greek banqueting equipment) (Fourrier et al 2004: 68). The assemblage has provided 102 terracotta figurines of predominantly local production (five imports), of which seven were fragmentary boat models. (Ibid: 75).

The morphological attribution of this model is not straightforward. The shape of the post resembles most closely another model from Amathus which depicts a galley.

  • 3D Model View

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  • starboard view

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  • top view

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  • bottom view

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  • bow view

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  • bow inside view

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