Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

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Stamped amphorae


Alan Johnston

Many sites in Egypt have produced good numbers of amphorae with stamped handles, normally the only part collected or preserved in previous centuries. Naukratis is no exception, and some 1,800 stamped handles from the site are known in total, most of them collected by Petrie. Perhaps 90% of Petrie’s finds are today in the British Museum, but a significant number of the 1,050 which he drew in his excavation journal have not (yet) been re-identified. The chapter discusses and illustrates material from c. 375 to 75 BC, with a few earlier examples. The majority are from manufacturers who were well known and to be expected at any site in the eastern Mediterranean, with a few nuances in their appearance at Naukratis. Local production forms a minor but highly interesting group.

Bes stamp on locally made Hellenistic amphora. British Museum, 1955,0920.76