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Iberian amphora

<p>Miniature amphora from Tur&oacute; de la Rovira (Barcelona) Dated between the 4th and 2nd centuries BC</p>

Miniature amphora from Turó de la Rovira (Barcelona) Dated between the 4th and 2nd centuries BC

This is a small scale imitation (14cm high and an outer diameter of 5.4cm) of one of Iberian culture’s most peculiar and emblematic pottery vessels: the amphora. This was a container used to store food, liquids or semi-solids for transport and subsequent sale, especially on board ships. Amphorae circulated all over the Mediterranean in ancient times and had a range of shapes and materials, which enables us to identify their origins and the routes of the ships that traded with them.

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