Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Kuzmanov 9

Kuzmanov 9

Courtesy of Dr. S. Ladstaetter, Institut für Kulturgeschichte der Antike der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Tamás Bezeczky

Distinctive Features

This type was mistakenly included by Sciallano & Sibella (1991) under their Late Roman 7 classification but Kuzmanov 9 is quite distinct from this form. The neck is long and cylindrical, topped by an everted rim. The handles are attached towards the lower part of the neck and on the shoulder. The shoulder is the widest part of the amphora, which then tapers downwards in a narrow, inverted and pear shape, to a fairly sharp point at the base. Opaiţ (1996) includes this type under his Conical amphora of Seleucia form.
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Date Range

Fourth to fifth centuries AD.
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The discovery of a potential workshop at Seleucia in Peireia (Empereur & Picon, 1989: 232) led Opaiţ to indicate an origin in Syria (Opaiţ, 1996: 210), though their frequency around the Black Sea coast and at Byzantium might suggest an alternative origin in that region (pers. comm. D. Peacock).
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Opaiţ notes that this was a well known type on the lower Danube, being quite common at Topraichioi, Murighiol and Iatrus but also present at Bodrum, Lebanon, Egypt and Ephesus (1996; 2004; 2004a; see also Alpozen et al, 1995 and pers. comm. from T. Bezeczky).
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Unknown but perhaps wine (Opaiţ, 2004a). Capacity is around 7-15 litres (Opaiţ, 2004; 2004a).
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