Amphora handle fragment with East Greek stamp - ROM2010_11689_9


Amphora handle fragment with East Greek stamp

Medium:Earthenware, Early Knidian fabric
Geography: Turkey, possibly from Knidos (modern Cnidus)
Date: c. 323-30 BC
Period: Hellenistic period
9.2 x 5 cm
Object number: 910X255.11
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: trade and commerce

In the Mediterranean world the amphora was the standard container of transporting liquids and some foods. These ranged from wine to olive oil, a fish sauce called garum, and pickles. Innumerable amphorae were made from the 7th century BC to late Byzantine times, and many have been found in ancient shipwrecks. Most amphorae held about 15 to 20 litres, although larger ones did exist. Differences in shape served as a guide to the contents, along with in or paint inscriptions.

Official control-stamps were placed on amphorae in the Classical Greek period to indicate the source and quality of the contents. This handle fragment is stamped with a monogram shaped like an amphora.

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