The Erment model is a damaged terracotta model of a ship with three banks of oars. It was bought in a market in Erment in northern Egypt by a Danish tourist in the early nineteenth century. It has been dated to between 300 and 31BC by the museum but researchers have narrowed this to between 300 and 350BC. It has no surviving context so we cannot do better than this. Maybe the original was a votive offering made by an insecure trierarch or maybe it was just a coffee-table piece - we cannot know.
|Erment model in Nationalmuseet København|
I have made the replica, about 75% original size to ensure it fitted in my kiln - original is about 50cm long. I will do a full size one when I have sorted out al the problems of construction.
I used a high chamotte red-firing clay which should give a similar colour to the original.
|Erment Trireme sails again !|
|Epibatai and kybernetes on deck|
|Slim vicious profile of a trireme as it approaches to ram !|