This amazing reproduction of an ancient Roman Amphora is made with a unique accelerated ageing process under the sea. The right ambient conditions and time transforms the ceramic into a piece of art that recalls antiquities found in museums.
Barcino is a Roman Amphora replica of the Dressel Catalan type. The start of their production dates back to the Augustus period in the 1st century BC, and used thorugh the 2nd century AD. They were made in the western Mediterranean region of the empire in the workshops of the Mediterranean north coast of Hispania (nowadays Cataluña and the Ebro valley), produced in the kilns of the main Roman cities of the area, like Barcino and Tarraco (nowadays Barcelona and Tarragona), although this type of amphoras were later copied in Roman provinces further east.
The use of this type of amphora was widespread throughout all the western provinces of the Mediterranean, mainly for locally produced wine, but some examples have been found with hazelnuts or olives, like the found in a shipwreck in Cavalière (Pompeii).
About the ageing process
The whole process occurs under water, the ceramic art is submerged under conditions that favour marine life employing streams of water from a special pumping plant and cooling condensers. The filtering system creates special conditions that assist underwater life and accelerate the ageing of each piece, rendering it completely unique and worthy of a collector.
The main feature of these perfect replicas is that the ageing process is 100% natural without chemicals involved, distinguishing it as an environmentally friendly product and a hand crafted reproduction of historical and cultural art.
We are pleased to inform you that the aged finish of the product supplied is never exactly the same as what is seen in the shown image, although it is certainly very similar. The fact to be considered is that it is the marine flora and fauna that is responsible for its natural adornment and final appearance.
These amphora reproductions are accurately handcrafted by master potters, then cultivated beneath the sea and thus it is the marine environment and the passing of time which decides how they are returned to the ground. Our customers, therefore, have the privilege of owning unique and unparalleled pieces, as there are no two alike.
This amphora does not require any special care or cleaning products. It can be simply cleaned with just water, spraying it and then letting the piece to get dry. In case you wish to add some shine, you can use a paintbrush applying sunflower oil on the surface.
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