Rounded shoulder. Narrow neck, slightly bulging. Rim is thickened with vertical, oval profile, rounded upper lip and slightly hooked underneath. Two oval loop handles extend from upper neck to just past join of neck and body; slightly irregular ridge on upper face. Dipinto in red paint survives intact: Ξ•ΚΘΒ = ξ(έσται) • κγ’ β”.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Very slightly granular fabric fired to light red (2.5YR 7/6) with rare to uncommon, small, angular white (lime) inclusions, and tiny “quartz” flakes (or silvery mica?) glistening in direct sunlight. Surface is pale (7.5YR 8/2, “pink”). Thin, even wash, interior surface plain and a closer light red to fabric.
One large sherd preserves entire rim, neck, both handles, and upper shoulder. Slight abrasion but surface in good condition; clean breaks; rare specks of encrustation.
“KE 679 (Kenchreai RC22e Amphora with Dipinto).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2022. <http://kenchreai.org/ke/ke0679>