Ke 2197 bis (Middle Roman Platter) [permalink] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
P 640
Kenchreai IV, p. 140, no. RC 86, pl. 38 (B. Adamsheck: “pithos cover“)
ForschEph VIII.6, p. 352, no. K 861, pl. 203 (“Platte“; Hanghaus 2.4, deposit dated third quarter of 3rd century A.D.; S. Ladstätter); ForschEph VIII.7, pp. 374-375, 413, no. K 393, pl. 198 (A. Waldner).
Platter. Flat base extends out in triangular projection. Unworked underside but series of 14 shallow gouges mark outer edge: rudimentary adornment or ware from use? Short, vertical wall inset from edge of base, with somewhat rounded exterior face and bevelled, inward sloping face. Careful form and manufacturing and fine material.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
5YR 6/6 (reddish yellow) fabric; 5YR 7/6 (reddish yellow) slip. Fine fabric, consistently fired, with rare, tiny white inclusions and frequently tiny sparkles (quartzite); and very rare, angular, large black carbonous chunks and small shells; rare irregular, small voids. Somewhat thin, even, matte semi-slip on all surfaces.
Preservation comment
One large sherd preserves ca. 30% of walls and floor; full profile. Heavy erosion and abrasion with frequent gouging and chipping around edges; heavily worn edges. Marine context: surface has deteriorating, powdery texture; large patches of gray to black discoloration; a few vermetid encasings.
Estimated base diameter
Ceramic (Material)
Suggested citation
“Ke 2197 bis (Middle Roman Platter).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2020. <>