KE 474 (Late Roman Athenian Red-Slip Plate) [permalink] [next] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Hayes dated late 4th-early 5th c. in register.
Logical part of
Area C (north end of harbor, including mole)
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
P 113
Typological identification
Athenian Late Roman Red-Slip ARS Hayes 61 Imitation
cf. AgoraV, no. L 59, p. 80, pls. 36, 70 (H. Robinson)
1960s: mending with acrylic resin and minor reconstruction with white plaster.
Plate. Flat floor; overhanging thicker rim, thickened triangular rim has slight hook underneath. Athenian imitation of African Red-Slip Hayes form 61B. Stamped decoration inside two concentric grooves around center of floor. Of 10 identical stamps, 9 are at least partially extant: rosette surrounded by hatched square border; all have approximately same orientation so are not radial to center. Follows ARS style A(ii). The slip bears brush marks, some applied when vessel rotating; some on floor outside concentric grooves are straight and so represent later touch-up. The start or end of one stroke is extant and created a slight depression in the floor, suggesting a somewhat stiff brush.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Fine fabric fired light red has occasional small, dark, rounded and angular stones and rare, small, lime. Thin, even, matte slip on all surfaces distinctly darker red than fabric.
Preservation comment
Five joining sherds preserve ca. 70% of vessel including full profile and over 50% of rim circumference. Surface flaking away in patches from erosion and abrasion; scattered ancient encrustation.
Published as
KenchreaiIV, no. LRB 23a, pp. 94-95, pl. 22 (B. Adamsheck)
Rim diameter
Belongs to Historical Period
Late Roman (Historical Period)
Ceramic (Material)
Fabric Munsell reading
2.5YR 7/6
Suggested citation
“KE 474 (Late Roman Athenian Red-Slip Plate).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2022. <>