Boat in the shape of a pig's head

about 4th century B.C.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Boat in shape of pig’s head: open top of head forms “cockpit,” open mouth serves as ‘ “foredeck” with lower jaw ending in upturned “prow.” Face from brow to snout forms central zone. Stern rounded with “eye” on each side, blunt point at end. Start of keel at front; three posts support body of boat. Stringhole in lug at bow. Figure in pointed hat at stern, two smaller figs. on floor of cockpit; fish in relief on foredeck floor.
Reddish clay, light buff slip, encrusted. Body breaks repaired.


1981, purchased in West Germany by Mohammad Yeganeh (dealer; b. 1929 - d. 2012), Frankfurt [see note]; 1987, gift of Mohammad Yeganeh to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 24, 1987)

NOTE: At the time of acquisition, Yeganeh described this object as Cartagian (Carthaginian) and said that it was from Tunisia.

Credit Line

Gift of Mohammad Yeganeh