- Museum number
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
- See also: A. Hermary, Figurines en terre cuite des fouilles anglaises d'Amathonte (1893-1894), CCEC 26 (1996/2), pp. 13ff which discusses in particular the terracottas from Tomb 83. The model is difficult to date on form alone, but probably belongs to the sixth century based on associated objects.
- On display (G72/dc14)
- Exhibition history
1995, Amsterdam, Allard Pierson Museum, Ancient Seafaring
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number