Ancient Mediterranean

Digital Project

Ship model

Cat. No.

A16

Date

LH III (1420/10-1075/50)

Findspot

Phylakopi, Room C 5,1 or Room C5:8 (domestic context), Melos

Dimensions

L: 10.27 cm; H: 1.8 cm; W; 4.7 cm. Ratio: 1: 2.7

Medium

Clay model. Brown clay, creamy white wash, black paint. Traces of manufacturing process inside. Damage to stempost, sternpost, and lower part of stern

Accession Number

Athens National Museum 9892

References

Basch 1987: 142, no. 296; Behn 1927/28: 241, pl. 61.2; Göttlicher 1978: 61, no. 317, pl. 24; Gray 1974: G19, no. C42, G51, G60, figs. 14a-b; Johnston 1985: 28, BA 19; Kakavas 2013: 37, no. 22; Kirk 1949: 132-33; Köster 1923: 57, fig. 9; Marinatos 1933: pl. 15:26; Morrison and Williams 1968: 11, BA 7, 82; Smith 1896-97: 22-25, figs. 1-2; Tzahou-Alexandri and Spathari 1987: 78, no. 38; Wachsmann 1981: 209; 1998: 149-50, fig. 7.42; Wedde 2000: 309, no. 306

Almond shaped, slightly rockered hull with the gunwale rendered as a wavy line. On both the interior and exterior are seven transversal painted bands that are roughly aligned with the indentions of the gunwale, denoting the internal wooden framework keeping the side beams of the hull in place. On the inside between the sixth and seventh line there is furthermore a small black square with an additional line on the port side. On either side of the bow is a painted eye, while the outside of the stern is painted black. The stempost rises near vertically from a spur and protrudes well forward of the bow. The cutwater has a slightly downward inclination. The posts may have had raised extremities which are now broken off.

The supposed wavy gunwale noted by previous researchers does not appear to be deliberate upon closer inspection as it is only observable on one side. Its use as evidence for a different type of skin boat is therefore unlikely.

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

Behn, F. 1927-28. “Schiff A. Europa,” in EBERT 1927-28: 235-250.

Göttlicher, A. 1977. Materialien für ein Korpus der Schiffsmodelle im Altertum. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern.

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

Johnston, P. F. 1985. Ships and Boat Models in Ancient Greece. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press.

Kakavas, G. 2013. Leaving a Mark on History: Treasures from Greek Museums. Athens: Numismatic Museum and National Archaeological Museum.

Kirk, G.S. 1949. “Ships on Geometric Vases.” BSA 44: 93-153, pls. 38-40.

Köster, A. 1923. Das antike Seewesen. Berlin: Schoetz & Parr-hysius.

Marinatos, S. 1933. “La marine créto-mycénienne,” BCH 57: 170-235.

Morrison, J.S. and R.T. Williams. 1968. Greek Oared Ships: 900-322 B.C. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Smith, C. 1896-1897. “Excavations in Melos, 1897,” BSA 3: 20-25.

Tzahou-Alexandri, O. and Spathari, E. 1987. A Voyage into Time and Legend aboard the Kyrenia Ship. Athens: Ministry of Culture.

Wachsmann, S. 1981. “The Ships of the Sea People,” IJNA 10: 187-220.

―――. 1998. Seagoing Ships & Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press.

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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