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Sixth century Byzantine amphora (hermitage)


Repoussè involves embossing low and high reliefs by hammering the design into the reverse side of the object. The front side of the object is hammered to create a sunken appearance. Such metalworking techniques were used in Constantinople , Asia Minor and the Middle east.

Silver was a precious item used for the creation of ecclesiastical objects or for items belonging to aristocratic families. An amphora would be used to store oil wine or grain .

The amphorae were stamped using a seal in order to avoid theft . In the case of amphorae, they included more information such as the type of foods they carried.

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