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Fragmentary ship model

Cat. No.



LH IIIA1-LHIIIC (Keos Period VIII), probably LH IIIA2


Agia Irini, Keos, bothros A 1 over Room XIII (domestic storeroom)


L: 5.5 cm; W: 3.4 cm; H: v. 3 cm


Clay model fragment, light-colored slip, dark paint inside and out

Accession Number

Keos Archaeological Museum Kl 182


Caskey 1962: 273; Cummer and Schofield 1984: 129, no. 1628; Göttlicher 1978: 63, no. 331; Gray 1974: 20, no. 58; Johnston 1985: 27-28, BA 18; Wachsmann 1998: 103-04, fig. 6.35; Wedde 2000: 309, no. 309

Fragment of a boat model with a flat base tapering into a curved extremity that is broken at the tip. Decoration comprised of wavy lines on the inside and zigzag lines on the outside. There is a hole through the entire length of the gunwale. The pottery from the bothros is dated as very late LH IIIA2, with a few earlier pieces. An LH IIIC date has been argues by Davaras.

The pottery from this bothros is said to be "very late LH IIIA2, with a few earlier pieces." (Cummer and Schofield 1984: 129)

Cummer, W. W. and E. Schofield. 1984. Keos III. Ayia Irini: House A. Mainz.

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.

Wachsmann, S. 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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