Collection online

model / boat

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1894,1101.188

  • 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.

    More 

  • 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.

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

    More 

  • 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

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1894

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1894,1101.188


Feedback

If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: GAA56889

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 

Supporters

Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help  

Loading...