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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1977.216.140
Title
Stamped Amphora Handle
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
handle
Date
2nd century CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Hispania
Period
Roman Imperial period, Middle
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/287852
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Stamped
Dimensions
12.3 cm (4 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: TA ligature (A with top stroke of T above) in ink = Thomas Ashby
  • stamp and inscription: f. a]LB. LIC.
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
1977.216.140
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This stamp, of the F(iglina), or possibly F(undus) of a certain Alb. Lic. (whose name cannot be completed), is dated to the second century CE on the basis of the position of another example found in Monte Testaccio in Rome. Another example of the stamp is known on a globular vessel in Arbon, Switzerland; that particular type of amphora suggests that the origin of the stamp, and therefore the location of the property of Alb. Lic., was in southern Spain, in the ancient province of Baetica.

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