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Fragment from the bow of a model warship from Cyprus

ref. : en.1022.2013 | 30 October 2013 | by Francis Leveque
modèle | VIe century BC
Amathus (Amathonte), Chypre ( Chypre )
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Fragment from the bow of a terracotta model warship; hand-made; the surviving portion consists of the curving hull terminating in a pointed ram, behind which is a thwart; projecting stem above with a fish-tail end; made of buff clay with no apparent traces of painted decoration.

Culture/period : Cypro-Archaic II - 600BC-500BC

Production place : made in Cyprus

Excavated/Findspot: Amathus, Site E, tomb 95

Length: 14.5 centimetres

Karageorghis and Westerberg both suggest that this is a non-joining part of the same model as a stern.

Acquisition date : 1894


Bibliography :

  • L. Burn, R. Higgins, H.B. Walters, D.M. Bailey, Catalogue of Terracottas in the British Museum, (Terracotta ), vol. I-IV, British Museum Press, Londres , 1903, n° A212
  • K. Westerberg, Cypriote ships from the Bronze Age to c. 500 BC, P. Åström, Göteborg , 1983, n° 42-43, fig. 42
  • V. Karageorghis, The coroplastic art of ancient Cyprus (Karageorghis Coroplastic VI), vol. VI, Monsters, animals and miscellanea, Leventis Foundation , 1996, p.74, n° 12, pl. XLII.3