KE 2254 (Middle Roman Small Trefoil-Rim Pitcher) [permalink] [next] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Area C (north end of harbor, including mole)
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
P 699
AgoraV, p. 65, no. K 69, pl. 13 (deposit dated mid-3rd century; H. Robinson)
Small trefoil-rim jug with single handle. Upper face of everted rim formed by band that is squeezed together to create very narrow spout, but there is an opening that would allow liquid to be poured through it. The band is not expressed on outer face of rim as is common on larger versions. The single cut handle is attached at back of mouth and extends to middle of shoulder. The widest part of the body and extant portion below have a spiral groove that forms narrower ridges between. The interior has distinct turning grooves. This small vessel is very well constructed.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Fine fabric with few inclusions other than frequent tiny glistening bits visible on surface in bright sun; consistently fired to light reddish-brown. Surface has thin slightly darker slip.
Preservation comment
Single sherd preserving complete mouth, neck, handle, and large portion of body to below widest point. Extant portion is largely undamaged. Small spots of wear on surface, though again, slip is well preserved.
Published as
KenchreaiIV, p. 133, no. RC 65, pl. 36 (B. Adamsheck)
Handle width
Wall thickness
Other Dimensions
Max. width of mouth: .036; Max. length of mouth: .042.
Ceramic (Material)
Fabric Munsell reading
2.5YR 6/6 (light red)
Suggested citation
“KE 2254 (Middle Roman Small Trefoil-Rim Pitcher).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2022. <>