Miniature replica of a primitive oared boat from Cyprus, called Papyrella. The Papyrella was used for the transportation of obsidian (rock) at the Aegean Sea during the Neolithic Period (9th millenium B.C). The boat was consisted of a frame, made from cypress wood, on which big bundles of many fascicles of thin cane or bulrush ("papyruses") were fixed with thick yarn or rope. The model is made of resin and is mounted on an acrylic base.
Dimensions of the boat: 14 cm x 3,5 cm x 4 cm
Dimensions with the base: 10 cm x 3cm x 2 cm
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The Papyrella (papyrus vessel) was a primitive oared boat (raft), which was used for the transportation of obsidian (rock)from the island of Milos during the Neolithic Period (9th millenium B.C). The obsidian was used for the manufacture of stone tools, such as knives, razors and spears.
The boat was consisted of a frame, made from cypress wood, on which big bundles of many fascicles of thin cane or bulrush ("papyruses") were fixed with thick yarn or rope.
The small boat could accommodate at most two people and later on, it was also used for fishing.It had the form of a ship which could sail from both sides, although, the shape of the Papyrella differed from region to region, like the Corfiot Papyrellafor example, which had the shape of an isosceles triangle. The stern of the Papyrella had two randomly constructed rows.
The small shape and weight ensured great stability, excellent floatability and allowed the transport of merchandise.
To increase the limited capacity of goods, sailors used to tie two Papyrella boats together from their prows, in order to sail further to the open sea.
The prow, that used to have a nice backward inclination, like the ancient Egyptian boats, and the name of the ship, which refers to the Egyptian papyrus may indicate the ancestry of these ships.
Its presence in Greece is indirectly denoted by the proven commercial transactions of the residents of the Aegean Sea from 9th millenium B.C. and directly from its survival in our days in Corfu.A replica of a Papyrella is displayed at the Agia Napa Municipal Museum Thalassa in Cyprus.