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transport amphora / handle

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Neck and amygdaloid handle with a gradual curve from a transport amphora. Clay medium orange-brown with grey core; mixed inclusions.. Rectangular stamp at top of handle with Greek inscription and prow? symbol.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 107BC-98BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • KT396 (Virginia Grace's unpublished K(nidian) T(ype) series)
  • Dimensions

    • Height: 11.7 centimetres (Max preserved)
    • Height: 4 centimetres (Handle)
    • Width: 2.3 centimetres (Handle)
    • Width: 4.7 millimetres (Stamp)
    • Height: 2 millimetres (Stamp)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        control mark
      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        top of handle
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        επ̣ι̣ Σ̣ωσιφρονος̣| Κνιδιον| Διοδοτο[
      • Inscription Translation

        in the term of Sosiphron; of the Knidians; Diodotos
      • Inscription Comment

        Rectangular stamp. Prow? symbol.
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    18 January 2008

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Remove salts and stabilise as required


    Objects have severe soluble salt formation on all surfaces. In places this had caused damage to the surface and structure of the object.

    Treatment details

    Salts were brushed from the surface under magnification using a small sable brush. If the surface was thought to be stable enough a soft Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex,filler)was used to remove further salt residues.

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  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number



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