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.
Large earthenware jar amphora of the Lusitanian type scaled down to a smaller size. These amphorae date back to between the 3rd and 5th century AD, originally made in the kilns of different areas of what is now Portugal, although they may have also been produced in workshops in southern Spain, in Baetica (Andalusia). It is thought that they were distributed mainly in the Eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula but since only small fragments of these amphorae have been found, further confirmation is needed to discover whether they could have been used in more areas or whether there are other amphorae with a similar shape produced in other places.
There is no evidence proving what they were used for but they are believed to have been used for carrying fish stock and because some pieces have been found with Christian symbols on them like palm leaves, they may also have been used for carrying wine.
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.