Partial pottery amphora handle with 'Date Palm' stamp

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Description
Fragment of a terracotta handle from large pottery vessel. Clay is creamy-pink, with faint purplish tinges. The texture is fine, with a clean fracture. The handle slopes upward at a shallow angle before making an abrupt downward turn and is broken off just below the lower surface. The handle is rounded, with only slight evidence of squaring off at the sides. The handle base is solid, with no apparent junction area. The surface is somewhat pitted and erroded. Date palm makers mark is evident on the object.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT
Production place
Measurements
L84mm x W66mm x D66mm
Media/Materials description
Pottery
Signature/Marks
Date Palm stamp
History and use
This broken handle from a large pottery vessel, possibly an amphora. On top of the handle in an oval impression is a relief image of a three fronded palm tree- this is known as a 'Date Palm' stamp- a makers or production mark with possible lettering just above it to the left. Other stamps include roses, grapes and names.
Registration number
E40102

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Colours

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