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model / boat

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  • Description

    Fragment of the prow of a terracotta model warship in Bichrome ware; hand-made; rounded hull with upright stem and ram; below the gunwale on the exterior are two moulded ribs, possibly representing reinforcement planks; a clay projection on one of the ribs seems to be a cathead for the anchor; made of fairly coarse buff clay decorated with black and red paint: eyes on each side of the ram, parallel bands below the gunwale, oblique strokes on the side may represent schematic oars.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 600BC-500BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 9 centimetres (max.)
    • Height: 9 centimetres (max.)
  • Curator's comments

    1973,1-16.1 is a fragment of same model. Smith's notebook entry for this tomb mentions only three boat models but the registers (and then the BM catalogue and Excavations) include no fewer than six complete models and a seventh fragmentary one. GR 1894,11-1.182 is easily identifiable because of the description given, but the two others are simply described as 'smaller boards'. identifiable, but the others because of its size and ) but the registers and BM catalogue mention no fewer than six. See also: A. Hermary, "Figurines en terre cuite des fouilles anglaises d'Amathonte (1893-1894)", CCEC 26 (1996/2) for other terracottas from this tomb. The model is difficult to date precisely on form alone, but probably belongs to the sixth century based on associated objects.

    Hermary A. 1996, 'Figurines en terre cuite des fouilles anglaises d'Amathonte (1893-1894)', CCEC 26 (1996/2),


  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta A211 bibliographic details
    • Westerberg Cypriote Ships No. 38, p. 34 & fig. 38 bibliographic details
    • Karageorghis Coroplastic VI p. 75, cat. no 16 & pl. XLII:5 bibliographic details
    • Murray, Smith and Walters 1900 p.119, Tomb 83; p. 112 & fig. 164, no. 24 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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