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date: 29 September 2020

amphorae and amphora stamps, Greek 

The Oxford Classical Dictionary
Alan William JohnstonAlan William Johnston, Virginia Randolph GraceVirginia Randolph Grace

The amphora is one of the most versatile and long-lived pot shapes. A two-handled jar (amphi-phoreus, ‘carried on both sides’), it can vary enormously in size, detail of shape, and manner of decoration. Broad-mouthed jars, plain or decorated, were generally known as ...Stamps were impressed on plain pottery amphorae, usually on their handles, before firing in the kiln, though not all amphorae were stamped. The stamps were evidently control stamps, which seem to have endorsed the jars as of standard capacity or as part of a production quota, varying according to its geographical class and particular size. Amphorae produced by different local centres are distinguishable by special features of shape, and the stamped ones most specifically by their stamps.... ...

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