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Scene of transport by wagon

Plaster cast of the original (late 3rd century A.D.)
c. 1930
Rome, Museo della Civiltą Romana
Inv. M.C.R. 3474


A sturdy farm wagon with wheels devoid of spokes is carrying a great leather wineskin (culleus) made of oxen hide. A culleus could hold 524 litres of wine, as much as 20 amphorae. The original sarcophagus is now in the Vatican Museums.