KE 2255 (Middle Roman Painted Thin-Walled-Ware Stemmed Cup) [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 700
Cited by
SlaneWright1980, p. 548 (Review of Kenchreai IV: “not Attic, probably Italian“)
cf. MartyPeppers1979, pp. 238, 404, 466, no. C262, figs. 57:g, 119:g, h (East Field, Isthmia, 3rd century); Marty1993, pp. 123-124, fig. 7:a (“kantharos“)
Stemmed cup with round body. Short, narrow stem is offset from lower wall by distinct ridge; gradual turn to wide base. Band of herringbone in white paint sits just below maximum diameter body. Two sets of three vertical wavy “tendrils“ descend below herringbone opposite one another, though the meeting of tendrils and band is not extant; presumably they mark the location of the handle. This is a well-executed example of this ware in all regards.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Very slightly granular fabric with frequent light, angular inclusions and tiny, glistening sand, standard for vessels of this production. Stacked in firing so surface is plain below lower wall; transition to oxidized upper body is mostly distinct though less so for about one-third of circumference. Upper body displays some glossy intentional vitrification.
Preservation comment
One sherd preserves upper part of stem and lower body to widest part but missing rim and two handles. Slight to moderate, rare abrasion and pitting; worn breaks.
Published as
KenchreaiIV, no. LRB 12, p. 90, pl. 22 (B. Adamsheck)
Body diameter preserved
Neck diameter
Preserved height
Wall thickness
Ceramic (Material)
Fabric Munsell reading
10R 6/8
Suggested citation
“KE 2255 (Middle Roman Painted Thin-Walled-Ware Stemmed Cup).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2022. <>