Greek amphora for the transport of wine in terracotta, 4th-2nd century B.C.

Amphoras are fusiform ceramic containers with two handles and a narrow neck generally, although in some cultures they have developed in metal or other materials. They are usually finished with a point or even a long protruding tip that was used to stick them in the ground and keep them stable. Their precursors were the Greeks, although they soon spread throughout the Phoenician and Roman world, being used to transport liquids and food, as well as to be able to store them. Normally they could contain at least 25 to 30 litres, their form being variable depending on whether they were carrying wine, oil, salt, cereals or other food.  


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