Recently, the Koprivnica Gallery presented the exhibition “Wine amphorae from Sabolić’s donation”. Although amphorae are associated with ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, they have a much longer history. The first amphorae shapes appeared in the wider area of Eurasia, from China to Georgia, and the oldest ones date to the 6th millennium BC. Their usage in the Mediterranean area can be attributed to Phoenician and Greek merchants, while their spread to the interior of Europe systematically took place with the expansion of the Roman Republic and Empire. Furthermore, starting in the 8th century, they had been replaced with wooden tanks in western Europe. However, the Byzantine Empire kept using them until the 14th century, as evidenced by numerous findings in the Adriatic.
Visitors to the exhibition can also learn that the amphorae, in addition to transporting liquids, were also used to transport olives, dried fruit, salt, cereals and various spices. As part of sculptor Ivan Sabolić's legacy, there are currently five amphorae in the Koprivnica Town Museum, three of which were used to transport wine. The amphorae were a gift to the sculptor, therefore, as such, they are unfortunately deprived of their original context. Also, taking into account their date of creation and the production centers, we can conclude they originate from various underwater archaeological sites.
The program was implemented with European Union funds within the project "Wine folklore as a historical identity of Podravina and Pomurje" (reVITAlize) within the INTERREG V-A cross-border cooperation program Hungary-Croatia 2014-2020.