Ancient Mediterranean

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Fragmentary ship model

Cat. No.





Athens acropolis, from a Mycenaean fountain fill (votive)


L: 8.7 cm; H: 11 cm


Bow of a terracotta ship model. Highly micaceous dark red clay, dark slip with cream-coloured dull paint

Accession Number

Athens Acropolis Museum AF 1066


Broneer 1939: 408, fig. 89v; Göttlicher 1978: 64, no. 336; Gray 1974: G20, no. C57, G53, pl. 1c; Johnston 1985: 30, BA 21; Wachsmann 1998: 152, fig. 7.49; Wedde 2000: 310, no. 317

Triangular fragment of a ship's bow. The bow is near-vertical and rises from a spur which is a direct continuation of the straight keel line. The gunwale is missing but its position is indicated by the breaks. The bow is decorated with straight and wavy horizontal lines. There are traces of black-painted longitudinally disposed stripes on the bottom of the interior. Both the shape and decoration are reminiscent of the Cypriot askoi.

Broneer, O. 1939. “A Mycenaean Fountain on the Athenian Acropolis,” Hesperia 8: 317-433.

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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