Used in Roman times to transport wine and other valuable liquid cargoes, the amphora is a large urn. Common throughout the empire, they ranged from extremely plain to very ornate, such as the subject of this fine tapestry. Here in “Ancient urn I”, an urn is pictured between two Roman columns. Above, an archway, decorated with a wreath, has intricate elements that were so typical of the empire’s architecture. But the real showpiece is the urn, or amphora itself. Highly embellished, the urn is set against a lovely, warm yellow-gold background that adds to its richness. Its two sweeping handles and its decorative elements are beautifully detailed. This is an example of Roman pottery work at its finest. This tapestry is unlined and has a tunnel for easy hanging.