The dull pointed base of this large Phoenician amphora hints to the worker’s toil in an ancient time. With nary a bottom upon which to rest, this vessel would have been lugged by its two handles through the winding streets of a grand Phoenician city. In order to keep tabs on his investment, this vessel’s owner would have used the lovely bichrome decorations that ring its body and neck as a mark of possession, individualizing it among the others in the market.

The smooth sides of this terracotta amphora remain in excellent condition, while the bichrome bands are still crisp and distinctly colored.