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transport amphora / handle

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Neck and sub-round handle to sharp turn of a transport amphora. Clay fine pink-brown; cream slip. Rectangular stamp with caduceus and grape cluster symbols.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 145BC-109BC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 9 centimetres (Max preserved)
    • Height: 3.3 centimetres (Handle)
    • Width: 3.4 centimetres (Handle)
    • Height: 1.5 centimetres (Stamp)
    • Width: 4.1 centimetres (Stamp)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        control mark
      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        top of handle
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        of Midas
      • Inscription Comment

        Rectangular stamp. Rhodian fabricant. Caduceus and grape cluster symbols.
  • Curator's comments

    Ink '1354,1'; pencil '1' Name Midas

  • Bibliography

    • IG XII 1 1354,1 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number



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