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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1977.216.157
Title
Stamped Amphora Handle
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
handle
Date
160-230 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Hispania
Period
Roman Imperial period, Middle
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/287855
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Stamped
Dimensions
18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: TA ligature (A with top stroke of T above) in ink = Thomas Ashby
  • stamp and inscription: P. ANI RV[
    (ANI and RV in ligature)
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.
Transfer from Department of the Classics, 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
1977.216.157
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The stamp, although the inscription is somewhat worn and abraded, probably indicates the production of P. Annius Rufinus, who is almost certainly to be connected with the C. Annius Rufinus known from stamps found at ancient Arva (mod. Pena de la Sal), one of the great centers of the amphora trade in Roman Baetica.

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