Classics and Archaeology Virtual Museum

The Huber Collection of Maltese Antiquities

Brief Catalogue by Claudia Sagona

The collection is said to be from a Roman shipwreck found off Malta. It was donated to the University in 1995 by Mr Joe Huber.

1995:115. Storage jar with sinuous profile, short collared rim and two ovoid-sectioned handles fixed high on the shoulder. H. c. 64 cm. 6th-4th century B.C.

1995:116. Very large urn of a type akin to the refined pale-slipped vessels found in Ibiza and Sicily. Vessels of this magnitude and of this type are rare. More typical is no. 1995:118. H. c. 65 cm. Double cordon handles and three fine grooves around the lower body; the neck has two ridges. Pronounced red [?] painted bands encircle the shoulder under the handles. The paint may have discoloured due to its time spent under the sea. The rim is collared. 220-190 B.C.

1995:117. Amphora, round-sectioned handles, flat base. Date unknown. H.45-46 cm.

1995:118. A refined, urn with high neck and two double cordon handles joined at the neck and the shoulder. The base is flat and the neck like the one above [116] is collared and flaring. The surface may be pale-slipped and painted with bands but the marine encrustation is obscuring the surface. H.48 cm. 350-150 B.C.

1995:119. Fragment of a very large amphora the base is missing. The handle join under the rim and at the shoulder. The neck is off-set. 1 century B.C. to 1st century A.D.

1995:120. Small unguentarium with brown-black painted bands on the lower body. H.5.4 cm. The rim is flared and the base is flat.

1995:121. Small trefoil-mouthed juglet with squat body and stumpy base. The mouth and handle are broken. H. 9.8 cm. Probably 2nd to 1st century B.C.

1995:122. Flat based, small bowl with everted rim. H. c.5.8 cm.

1995:123. Small juglet, or olpe, with upswung handle [now missing] and bi-conical body. The base is flat and the mouth has been pushed to the centre where the handle joins. H.7 cm.

1995:124. Plummet? Onion-shaped with one concave end and tapered at the other with the appearance of being a neck. The object is hollow. Its weight and shape suggest that it, and the following three objects, were used as weights on a plumb line.

1995:125. Plummet? Squat and cylindrical the sides bulge at the middle. It is hollow with a concave bottom and hole in the flat top. H.6 cm.

1995:126. Plummet? Onion-shaped with one end pointed the other is flat with a hole pierced in the centre. The object appears to be hollow. It is a heavy object and would fit well as a bob. The fabric appears to be compact and has multiple black and white inclusions. H. c.9.5 cm

1995:127. Round-bottomed object with flat top pierced in the centre. It is very heavy and has been partially cleaned. H. c.6.5 cm. It is probably a plummet.

1995:128. A thick-walled, large and conical-shaped mortar. It is open and plain, save for the two handles joined low on the body; they are round in section. The base is flat. Likely to be hand-made and possibly Bronze Age? H.18.5-19 cm.

1995:129. An anchor top section in lead. The central shaft is socketed.

1995:130. Lead ingot or ballast. It has a flat bottom and round top with one side pinched along the length creating a small ridge.

1995:131. Small amount of animal bone in very good condition having been found sealed inside 1995:117 and emptied by the finder. They appear to be sheep or goat and have small cut marks on them.

1995:132. Large wide-bodied urn with double cordon handles joined at the neck and down to the shoulder. At the top there are is a finger dimple either side of the handle and at the bottom four dimples have been used to finish the base of the handle. A groove has been cut around the neck at the handle. H. c.44 cm. The rim is collared. Roman.

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