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Elaborately detailed terracotta model of merchant ship in Bichrome-style ware; hand-made with many applied details; large heavy hull with a rounded bottom with a highly detailed, raised poop-deck; large vertical shafts on each side of the poop-deck may be for oars for steering (an iron example of which was found in the original excavation, now lost); cross-beads span the hull, the central example of which frames a mast-socket; perforations along the length of the hull may have been drainage holes for an intermediary deck, or else oar holes; made of coarse red-brown clay, decorated black, red and (originally) yellow clay, much of which has faded since excavation; lines of black dots on the cross beams; parts of the model are damaged and cracked, and some of the original details seem to have disappeared, perhaps made of perishable materials.
- Production date
- 750BC-500BC (circa)
Height: 7 centimetres (max. amidship)
Height: 3.50 centimetres (stern above gunwale)
Length: 31 centimetres
Width: 9 centimetres (max. amidship)
- Curator's comments
- The model is difficult to date on form alone, though has tended to be placed in the later sixth century BC based on the preserved or recorded associated objects, though these were almost certainly just a sample of the original assemblage. See also Hermary 1996 who discusses in particular the terracottas from Tomb 83.
Hermary, A. 1996, 'Figurines en terre cuite des fouilles anglaises d'Amathonte (1893-1894)', CCEC 26 (1996/2), 13-22.
- On display (G72/dc14)
- Exhibition history
1995, Amsterdam, Allard Pierson Museum, Ancient Seafaring
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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