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Jan van der Crabben
published on 13 December 2014

This marble relief shows a man sailing a corbita, a small Roman coastal vessel with two masts. Found at Carthage, most likely produced in Africa Proconsularis (modern-day Tunisia) circa 200 CE.

The corbita's sails were most likely made of cloth, reinforced with leather at the corners. Small boats such as this were responsible for a large amount of coastal trade in the Mediterranean, going from harbour to harbour.

On display at the British Museum, London (GR 1850.3-4.32).

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Jan van der Crabben
Jan is the Founder and CEO of World History Encyclopedia. He holds an MA War Studies from King's College, and he has worked in the field of history-related digital media since 2006.


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