J. Hayes, ”North Syrian Mortaria” Hesperia 36.4 (1967), pp. 337-347, no. 153 <https://doi.org/10.2307/147367>
Kenchreai IV, p. 142, no. RC 92, fig. 11 (B. Adamsheck).
Large mortarium. Thick flaring upper wall, slightly convex. Heavy drooping rim. Rim has sharp turn from inner wall to flat upper face and then turns down to rounded outer edge; slight tooled hook underneath, with rounded transition to outer wall. Five light turning grooves on interior wall just below rim, perhaps not intentional. Stamp in two lines across rim: ΔΙΟΝ|Ε̣ΙΚΟΥ, traces of simple box-frame above ΟΝ in line 1.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Coarse fabric fired to “weak red’ (10R 5/4) with frequent inclusions: occasional large black angular chunks and rounded lime; very frequent small bits including angular reddish, angular light, and angular black; other tiny bits. Surface self-slipped, very slight darker than fabric.
One sherd preserves ca. 7% of rim and small part of uppermost wall. Slight to moderate, extensive abrasion and pitting; worn breaks.