Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

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Porto Recanati

Porto Recanati

Courtesy of Dr. Tamás Bezeczky
Tamás Bezeczky

Distinctive Features

Mercando (1974) was the first to mention the distinctive funnel-shaped rim of the Porto Recanati amphora ('anfora con collo ad imbuto'). The name of Porto Recanati was also applied to this type by Bruno (1989). Later it was mentioned by Carre (1985), and described by Toniolo (1993) and Mazzocchin (1993). The rim and the neck of the amphora is funnel-shaped, while the neck and the body form a continuous line. The body is egg-shaped, and the base is sometimes semicircular, while in other cases it is the same as those of the Dressel 6B amphorae. The handles are attached halfway between the rim and the body, are semicircular in form, and meet the upper part of the body. They are round and oval in cross-section. Some of the amphorae have a fine line on the rim, other have a horizontal groove. Rim stamps are rare.

The body is very similar to Dressel 6B amphorae

It has already been noted that the Dressel 6B forms change from the period of Domitian and Nerva. The rim is no longer curved but funnel-shaped. This may be the reason why it was supposed that these amphorae also had the Imperial stamp. No such amphora has been discovered in the Istrian workshops. It is possible that the Dressel 6B was used as a prototype when the 'Porto Recanati' type was created, and the two forms were produced parallel at the same time from the early Claudian period, one of them was produced in Istria, the other in northern Italy. The different formal characteristics and the petrological analyses make it clear that the `Porto Recanati` amphorae were not produced in the same workshop. Sauer distinguished two groups among the `Porto Recanati` amphorae in Vindobona, on the basis of the petrological analysis, the site of production should be located in northern Italy, similarly to the Schörgendorfer 558 amphorae. This is also suggested by the objects found there. It should be noted that one example in the ´Porto Recanati` fabric resembles the one fabric of Schörgendorfer amphorae.
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From the early Claudian period to the second century AD (Carre, 1985; Mazzocchin, 1993; Bezeczky, 1994).
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Northern Italy (Carre, 1985; Bezeczky-Sauer, 2005).
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Northern Italy, Noricum and Pannonia.
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Principal contributor: Tamás Bezeczky


Anfora con collo ad imbuto
Aquileia 2

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