Avner Raban

The workhorse of the Mediterranean. The Sea Peoples’ ship (see drawing) soon evolved into one of the most popular seafaring vessels of Iron Age II (1000–586 B.C.E.). Known by its Greek name, the hippos was a mainstay of the Phoenicians, traders par excellence who had been forced by the Sea Peoples from their Canaanite homeland northwards along the Mediterranean coast. This clay model from Cyprus shows an intermediate stage of development between the Sea Peoples vessel and the hippos ships featured on the relief.