Amphora



a large two-handled storage jar having an oval body, usually tapering to a point at the base, with a pair of handles extending from immediately below the lip to the shoulder: used chiefly for oil, wine, etc., and, set on a foot, as a commemorative vase awarded the victors in contests such as the Panathenaic games.
Contemporary Examples

And by the time the last American troops pulled out in 2011, the Iraqi amphora might not have looked like new.
Iraq Is Not Our War Anymore. Let It Be Iran’s Problem. Christopher Dickey July 16, 2014

Historical Examples

At the feet were the bones of an ox, an iron knife, four amphora and some lances–these were in a very rusty condition.
The American Journal of Archaeology, 1893-1 Various

It was the custom to write the age of the wine and the vintage on the amphora, or cask.
The Fables of Phdrus Phaedrus

Standing on the table was an amphora of gilt pasteboard which fostered this illusion.
A Mummer’s Tale Anatole France

The index-finger hole is very large and eccentric, forming the handle of the “amphora.”
Throwing-sticks in the National Museum Otis T. Mason

He was making an amphora of the common kind women and donkeys carry to the fountains.
The Red Rugs of Tarsus Helen Davenport Gibbons

In the scene on the neck of this amphora appears a priestess followed by four maidens who bear upon their heads a long chest.
Problems in Periclean Buildings G. W. Elderkin

The unsuspecting brown girl trips jauntily down to the river-bank to fill her amphora—usually a battered Standard Oil tin.
Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell

Properly, the amphora, or earthen vessel with two handles, in which wine was usually kept.
The Fables of Phdrus Phaedrus

Your idea, Symphorien, seems to be to drain that amphora to the very bottom.
The Poniard’s Hilt Eugne Sue

noun (pl) -phorae (-fəˌriː), -phoras
an ancient Greek or Roman two-handled narrow-necked jar for oil, wine, etc
n.

early 14c., “two-handled vessel for holding wine, oil, etc.,” from Latin amphora from Greek amphoreus “an amphora, jar, urn,” contraction of amphiphoreus, literally “two-handled,” from amphi- “on both sides” (see amphi-) + phoreus “bearer,” related to pherein “to bear” (see infer). Also a liquid measure in the ancient world, in Greece equal to 9 gallons, in Rome to 6 gallons, 7 pints.

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