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Vinum Traditio 3D


ca. 524 B.C.

Attributed to Rom av.JC

Obverse, wine waiter carrying a jar and decanter.
Reverse, gladiaskator carrying a jar and a wine amphora.

Since the beginnings of viticulture in the Caucasus over 8,000 years ago, wine-making has spanned the centuries. A reminder of this is this jar, dated to the 1st B.C., found in the Garonne River, some 30 km northwest of Bordeaux.

The originality of this jar lies first and foremost in its shape. It is shaped like a lekythos, a Greek vase originally used to store perfumed oil for body care. Archaeologists are beginning to speculate that its use in our region was also for drinking wine.

The illustrations pay tribute to the entire transport chain involved in this activity. The gladiaskateurs were responsible for transporting them from the winery to the town, while the waiters were in charge of getting them from the storeroom to the banquet.

According to archaeologists, around 50 broken skateboards were needed to make it.

Title: Vinum Traditio 3D

Artist: Attributed to Rom av.JC

Period: Archaic

Date: ca. 524 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Skateboards; black-figure

Dimensions: H. 18 in. (45 cm)
diameter 12 in. (30 cm)

Classification: Vases

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