KE 1247 (African Red-Slip Hayes Form 104c) [permalink] [next] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
P 326
Typological identification
African Red-Slip Hayes Form 104c
LRP, p. 165, no. 24 (J. W. Hayes)
Large, wide dish with thickened rounded rim offset on interior by light groove, curving wall, low ring foot with wide sloping inner face. The floor of the vessel has two identical adjacent stamps, both lightly impressed (7.8 cm in height): Frontal Dionysus/Bacchus in contrapposto pose; drapery over left forearm, holding cluster of grapes and two large flanking grape leaves in left hand; extended right hand pours from long-necked amphora into mouth of four-legged animal with raised head (panther or ram, the latter if circular element depicts horns). As noted, both stamps are light so that an identical stamp in Barcelona allows for more detailed description (see; in particular, the animal at left and the arrangement of the elements of the grape vine are essentially unrecoverable on this piece. The stamp at right is slightly elevated in relation to that on the left. A concentric spiral creates a set of three grooves except at inner and outer ends, at which overlap allows four grooves to be counted.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Fabric slightly granular with occasional small to medium light chunks, some visible on interior surface due to wear, and on exterior; fired to consistent red with no core. Thick interior slip is slight lighter, not well smoothed; exterior of vessel us unslipped and shows turning brush marks as well as a linear smoothing brush mark made when vessel not turning on wheel.
Preservation comment
Five joining sherds preserve approximately 1/5 of circumference of rim, all of base profile, and well under 1/2 of entire vessel. The slip is chipped and worn in streaks and patches, though overall it is well preserved on large stretches of interior.
Published as
KenchreaiIV, no. LRB 28, p. 96, pl. 23 (B. Adamsheck)
Base Diameter
Rim diameter
Wall thickness
Ceramic (Material)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Dionysos/Bacchus (Visual Motif)
Fabric Munsell reading
10R 6/8 (light red)
Surface (slip) Munsell reading
near 2.5YR 6/8 (light red)
Suggested citation
“KE 1247 (African Red-Slip Hayes Form 104c).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2022. <>