Description: Transport Amphora

Standing nearly four feet tall, this clay jar with narrowed neck and two handles is known as an amphora (AM-for-ah).  The amphora was a storage jar, used in ancient Greek times to store and ship wine and olive oil. The Romans constructed thousands of transport amphorae like this one, designed for brawn not beauty, to ship goods throughout their vast empire. Their thick walls and rough finish made them durable and inexpensive. Most have pointed bases which allowed them to stand upright when embedded in sand, set in wooden racks, or leaning against walls.

  • Culture: Roman, Early Imperial Period
  • Created: 27 BCE—96 CE    
  • Credit Line: Acquired through gift of R.T. Miller and appropriation from R.T. Miller Fund, 44.51