The Cyprus Collections in the Medelhavsmuseet

The ship and sailors on the 18-inch-high, 13th-century B.C. Cypriot vase recovered from a tomb in Enkomi and the 18-inch-long, 13th-century B.C. clay model of a boat found in a tomb in Kazaphani, on the north coast of Cyprus, seem to attest to the Late Bronze Age Cypriots’ seafaring abilities. According to some of the ancient texts mentioning Alashiya, the Alashiyans were also skilled mariners. One Hittite tablet, for example, tells of a naval battle fought by the Hittite king Suppiluliuma II (1207-? B.C.) with Alashiya.