Baskets were just essential during Antiquity like they are today. There is no doubt about it. They were needed for storage purposes, for transportation and for decoration - just like baskets are today. And also as today baskets came in all forms, sizes and shapes. Each and everyone specialized to fulfill a special task. The item at hand clearly resembles a amphora, the only difference is that it is made from wicker, whereas, 'real' amphorae usually were clay products. Pieces like the one at hand are an essential necessity in order to understand what it meant to live life as an ordinary Roman citizen a few thousand years ago. It gives you an inside in the life outside the great marble halls, the parade fields and the temples.
So, if you too are interested in learning something new about everyday life in Roman times then this basket is for you! It also makes for a great present for history buffs and all other people alike.
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