KE 2016 (Early Roman Italian Thin-Walled-Ware Bowl with Zoomorphic Handle) [permalink] [next] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
P 515
Typological identification
Italian Thin-Walled Ware Marabini Moevs Form 29
Typological identification comment
Marabini Moevs [1973] Form 29?
Hemispherical cup. Thin walls remain slightly flared. Rim thickened on interior with shallow groove beneath. Exterior rim carries two deep grooves. Four bands of rouletting run around vessel at level defined by upper and lower handle attachments. Below rouletting are two lighter grooves matching those on rim. Loop handles with thumb rest in form of ram’s head. Head formed by pulling out clay; horns formed by plastic shaping and then tooling for further delineation. A crack near center line of top face of head was formed by shrinkage during firing; it helps restore process by which potter folded up excess clay from either side of handle. Loop handle has very slight ridging on its outer face.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Fabric and slip discolored by underwater exposure to deep brown with some preserved redder slip; frequent glistening quartz in fabric and flattened on worn surface.
Preservation comment
One large sherd preserves ca. 20% of rim, upper part of wall, and one entire handle. Slight to moderate, somewhat extensive abrasion and chipping around rim; worn breaks. Slip almost entirely worn, somewhat better preserved on handle and in recessed grooves and rouletting. Weathering from long marine submersion.
Published as
KenchreaiIV, p. 75, no. ER 69, pl. 19 (B. Adamsheck)
Handle width
Preserved height
Estimated rim diameter
Wall thickness
Ceramic (Material)
Suggested citation
“KE 2016 (Early Roman Italian Thin-Walled-Ware Bowl with Zoomorphic Handle).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2022. <>