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  • Description

    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.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 750BC-500BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 31 centimetres
    • Width: 9 centimetres (max. amidship)
    • Height: 7 centimetres (max. amidship)
    • Height: 3.5 centimetres (stern above gunwale)
  • 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.

  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta A202 bibliographic details
    • Westerberg Cypriote Ships No. 32, pp. 28-31 & fig. 32 bibliographic details
    • Murray, Smith and Walters 1900 p.119, Tomb 83; p. 112, Fig. 164, no. 12 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G72/dc14

  • Exhibition history


    1995, Amsterdam, Allard Pierson Museum, Ancient Seafaring

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Terracotta model of a merchant ship


COMPASS Title: Terracotta model of a merchant ship

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