Boat in the shape of a pig's head

Greek
about 4th century B.C.


Accession Number

1987.417

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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