KE 244 (Early Roman Brazier or “Firestand“) [permalink] [next] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
P 45
Typological identification
Roman-period Cooking Ware
Very close parallel illustrated at Plate V.4 in Sparkes, B. A. 1962. “The Greek Kitchen.” The Journal of Hellenic Studies 82: 121–37.
AgoraV, pp. 34-35, no. G 123, pl. 38 (H. Robinson). This piece is a complex example of the general idea of stands for pots. It integrates a plate to contain the fire. In this instance the walls of the stand are vertical and only curve in one plane to form protection from wind and to concentrate heat.
The retaining lug of a brazier that served as a stand for cook pots. A small part of the short everted rim allows the overall orientation to be recovered, though the exact stance is unclear. It seems the wall curved inward (which is different than the flaring walls in the comparandum drawn from Sparkes 1962). These stands were in the form of a near hemicircular wall onto which a cook pot would be set and kept in place by the lugs on each side. The fire would be lit below the pot. There likely would have been vents in the walls to maintain the flow of oxygen to the fire.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Hard, slightly granular fabric with frequent tiny elongated white bits and less common darker bits. Some voids visible in break.
Preservation comment
Single sherd preserving left-hand (when looking at front of object) retaining lug of brazier that served as stand for cookpot. Patches of plaster encrustation on all surface.
Published as
KenchreaiIV, pp. 144-145, no. RC 100, pl. 38 (B. Adamsheck: erroneous description and misidentification)
Ceramic (Material)
Fabric Munsell reading
2.5YR 6/8 (light red)
Suggested citation
“KE 244 (Early Roman Brazier or “Firestand“).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2022. <>