Skip to contentSkip to navigation
Become a Member
Explore today's schedule
Visit MMFA for free by becoming a Member
Learn more
Back
Currently shown

Amphora

Location

TUNISIA

Era

Roman Empire (27 B.C.E.-476 C.E.)

Title

Amphora

Date

2nd-3rd c. C.E.

Materials

Earthenware, engraved inscription

Dimensions

22.5 x 19 x 14.6 cm

Credits

Gift of Dr. Jocelyn and Mrs. Ginette Demers, inv. 2017.649

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

The ancient owner of this wheel-turned amphora had an inscription engraved onto the neck of the vessel that reads either “I am the pourer” or “I belong to Fuscus” in Latin. This object, maybe even more than other items on display, makes us reflect on the personal history the objects we find in museums have. This simple vessel carries with it a message from its ancient owner, reminding us that the antiquities bought and sold, collected and donated, are not static objects, but rather part of a living history. It is their presentation in the museum as objects outside of their original context that can render them objects of a commodified past. The engraving on this amphora helps us in some ways to connect that past with our present.

Add a touch of culture to your inbox
Subscribe to the Museum newsletter

Bourgie Hall Newsletter sign up

This website uses cookies in order to optimize your browsing experience and for promotional purposes. To learn more, please see our policy on the protection of personal Iinformation