KE 437 (Early Roman Corinthian Basin with Text in Relief) [permalink] [next] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Area C (north end of harbor, including mole)
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
P 107
Kenchreai IV, p. 136, no. RC 74, pl. 38 (context “6th century [A.D.] or later“; B. Adamsheck)
Slane Wright 1980, p. 549 (Review Kenchreai IV: “moldmade and probably related to the first century A.C. pans of Pompeian-red ware“)
Cylindrical body flattened into angled panel at base. Flat bottom to bevelled outer edge. Turning marks on exterior and turning bands on interior. Thin applied clay in letters on bottom, reading from outside inward in radiating lines(?): ΘΙ̣ [ | Ο Ι Α̣ [
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Fabric: 5YR 6/3 (light reddish brown). Slip: 5YR 4/3 (reddish brown). Hard fabric, consistently fired, with smooth to granular break; frequent, tiny to small, well sorted, subangular to subrounded white (calcareous) inclusions; rare, very small, angular, black particles and red bits; and frequent, small sparkles (quartzite). Thin, matte, slightly mottled slip on interior. Early-Middle Roman Corinthian utilitarian ware.
Preservation comment
One large sherd preserves ca. 15% of base and small part of lower wall. Slight, large chips and slight gouging; worn breaks; scattered specks to patches of thin encrustation on exterior but large patches on interior attaching to glaze.
Estimated base diameter
Preserved height
Wall thickness
Belongs to Historical Period
Hellenistic (Historical Period)
Ceramic (Material)
Suggested citation
“KE 437 (Early Roman Corinthian Basin with Text in Relief).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2021. <>