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Iberian amphora

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

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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