KE 591 (Early Byzantine Stewpot or Cooking-Ware Beaker) [permalink] [next] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
P 152
Typological identification
Late Roman Cooking Ware
Cited by
SlaneWright1980b, p. 549 (rev. KenchreaiIV: “not all of the vessels of RC 96 and RC 98 are Corinthian“)
Handmade cookpot with rounded body and short everted rim. The thick walls are lumpy on both interior and exterior, more so on interior. If a wheel was used at all in making this piece, that was not taken as an opportunity to create smooth surfaces. There is a single band of incised waves with sharp peaks and lean slightly to the left; they recall waves breaking on a beach on in a windy sea. Narrow pre-firing incisions overlie this wave; it is unclear to what extent those are intentional as they are irregular in placement in respect to the wavy line.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Coarse fabric with many large angular light chunks and tiny bits. The surface ranges in patches from light red where thin wash is extant to brownish red where slip is thinner; there are patches of scorching, perhaps from use. The interior is thinly encrusted but seems to be thinly washed and fired to reddish brown.
Preservation comment
One sherd preserves <10% of rim and contiguous wall to below widest point of vessel. Slight, sparse abrasion and chipping around edges; mostly clean breaks; scattered wide patches of encrustation.
Published as
KenchreaiIV, p. 144, no. RC 98, fig. 13 (B. Adamsheck: “4th century or later“)
Wall thickness
Belongs to Historical Period
Early Byzantine (Historical Period)
Ceramic (Material)
Fabric Munsell reading
2.5YR 4/1 (dark reddish gray)
Suggested citation
“KE 591 (Early Byzantine Stewpot or Cooking-Ware Beaker).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2023. <>