To end, sometimes things just don’t look right. The final object is a good case in point. To the untrained eye the above object would seem to be an example of a Roman amphorae, with features you might expect to see such as the two handles and the long pointy base. Yet, there are in fact lots of variations when it comes to amphorae; the two most common are the long pointy ones (for things like wine and fish sauce) and the big round bellied ones (for olive oil). In this instance we have both. Stuck together. Incorrectly. The rim and handles are from a Dressel 20 type amphora, one of those that should have the round belly. As for the base, well it’s not even all pottery! Fragments of other amphora types have been pieced back together with bits of plaster to form a long pointy vessel, which looks like an amphora!
This object’s origin is unfortunately unknown (so we can’t point any fingers at the person who reconstructed it) but it goes back to the days before the Museum of London. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a lot of guess work went on when trying to reconstruct vessel fragments and this is the result.