Fragment of an amphora handle with circular stamp - ROM2010_11689_15


Fragment of an amphora handle with circular stamp

Geography: Made in Rhodes, Greece. Findspot unknown.
Date: c. 200-100 BC
Period: Hellenistic period
10.3 x 7.9 cm
Object number: 924.24.4
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: trade and commerce

In the ancient Mediterranean world, the amphora was the standard container for 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 ink or paint inscriptions.

In the Greek world, the early control stamps bore a city emblem, while later ones had the names of annual officials and, sometimes, the month of bottling. This handle is stamped with a rose, the city symbol of Rhodes, within an inscription relating to an official and his tenure.

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