Of the various subclasses, the Dipylon vases were geometrically decorated, the Panathenaic were decorated with a picture of Pallas Athene, the Nolan had long, slim necks, and the Campanian had twisted handles. Amphorae were fairly large. The Greek amphora contained about nine English gallons; the Roman, about six.
In Oriental art, the term is used for vase forms which resemble the Greek original. Amphorae were also used by the Incas; these had two handles near the bottom which facilitated carrying the vessel on the back.
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