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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1977.216.142
Title
Stamped Amphora Handle
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
handle
Date
c. 150 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Hispania
Period
Roman Imperial period, Middle
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/287808
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Stamped
Dimensions
16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: TA ligature (A with top stroke of T above) in ink = Thomas Ashby
  • stamp and inscription: IICCLL[m
Provenance
From Monte Testaccio, acquired; by George J. Pfeiffer and Rachel Hartwell Pfeiffer, Cambridge, MA (by 1905), gift; to the Department of the Classics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1905-1977), transfer; to the Fogg Museum, 1977.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Department of the Classics, Harvard University, Gift of Pfeiffer-Hartwell Collection
Accession Year
1977
Object Number
1977.216.142
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This stamp indicates the vessel was produced by two men with the initials C. L. M., and from other stamps it has been suggested that the full name is C. Licinius Magnus; what their relationship was cannot be known. Numerous examples of their stamps have been found at Hoyos de San Sebastian, on the right bank of the Guadalquivir between the Roman cities of Arva and Canana, in Baetica in southern Spain. This suggests that their estate was located in the vicinity of Hoyos de San Sebastian. An example of this stamp found in Monte Testaccio suggests, from its find-spot on the eastern side of the hill, that the stamp is to be dated before 160 CE.

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