KE 2025 (North Italian Sigillata Cup) [permalink] [next] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Writing transcription
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
P 520
Typological identification
Unclassified Italian Sigillata
For another cup in this same ware, see Slane1986, pp. 285, 308, no. 47, fig. 8 (Early Roman Cellar Building, southwest Forum, Neronian deposit but residual artifact?).
Hemispherical cup with low ring foot. Description of decoration as found in KenchreaiIV, p. 52: ”The lower zone is divided into four parts by triangular sections composed of a shield and two loops enclosing a seven dot rosette. Triangular sections composed of these motives are an important part of the decoration of Sarius ware. The four parts consist of two lilies on winding stems on either side of an Acanthus leaf. The upper zone bears an unwinding floral scroll and circles.” As noted by Adamsheck, there is a K in relief on underside of base.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Very fine fabric with occasional small rounded calcareous inclusions (discolored by marine exposure). Slip darker red.
Preservation comment
Ten sherds, 9 joining, preserve entire base and profile to above widest diameter of vessel. Fabric lightened and softened by marine exposure. Slip flaking away in many places. Modern plaster in-fillling.
Published as
KenchreaiI, p. 136, pl. LVI:B (R. Scranton)
Published as
KenchreaiIV, no. ER 11, pp. 51-52, pls. 13-14 (B. Adamsheck)
Base Diameter
Preserved height
Wall thickness
Belongs to Historical Period
Early Roman (Historical Period)
Ceramic (Material)
Suggested citation
“KE 2025 (North Italian Sigillata Cup).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2022. <>