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Black-Glazed Pottery

1. Cup with high-swung handles Figure A, Figure 29

DP -2S-5. Two nonjoining handle fragments, each with part of body at handle base. L. of handle 0.045 m, D. of handle 0.008 m. Body is thin walled, with no sign of articulation or offset for rim in handle zone. Black glaze in and out, inside of handles reserved.

Probably a skyphos or stemless cup with plain rim. These handles are not as high swung and attenuated as those on most shallow-bowled stemmed and stemless cups. This was probably therefore a cup with a steeper wall, such as the stemless cups, Agora XII, nos. 467, 468, which date between ca. 430 and 400 B.C. Cf. also the skyphos illustrated by Richter and Milne 1935, figure 173, cited in Agora XII as a parallel to nos. 467 and 468.

2. Cup Figure A

DP -2S-2. Three joining fragments giving a quarter of the circumference of the foot, half of the floor, and part of the lower body. Pres. H. 0.022 m, est. D. of foot 0.07 m. Flaring ring foot, thin-walled floor and body. Light spiral grooves on undersurface. Traces of fugitive black glaze in and out, undersurface probably reserved.

Probably a bolsal or one-handler. Cf. Agora XII, nos. 539 (bolsal, ca. 420 B.C. ) and 755 (one-handler, ca. 400 B.C. ); Agora P 27409 (bolsal, from deposit S 16:1, ca. 425-400 B.C. ; see Holloway 1966, 33-84 and plate 28c). The thinness of the fabric in this specimen, as in examples cited, is


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appropriate in a cup manufactured in the last quarter of the fifth or first quarter of the fourth century B.C. ; cf. the remarks of Corbett 1949, 301-2, and cf. the one-handler no. 74, p. 330 and plate 93.

3. Bowl with incurved rim Figure A, Figure 29

DP -2S-l. Nine joining fragments giving complete foot and one quarter of wall and rim and five nonjoining fragments. H. 0.041 m, est. max. D. 0.09 m, D. of foot 0.058 m. Torus ring foot, concave on interior with offset, light wheelmade facets on exterior. Deep body, wall rises in convex curve becoming gradually sharper to the incurved rim. Lip rounded. Black glaze in and out, slightly mottled in firing.

Cf. Agora XII, nos. 838, 889: third quarter of the fourth century B.C. For slightly more developed (and presumably slightly later) examples of this deep-bodied shape, with more sharply incurved rim, cf. Agora XII, nos. 840-42; "Vail House" nos. 28, 31; Miller 1974, no. 31; Thompson 1934, no. A 20; in this last example, the torus foot has become beveled.

4. Bowl Figure A

DP -3S-7. Two nonjoining fragments of foot and lower body. Pres. H. 0.024 m, est. D. of foot 0.092 m. Slightly flaring convex ring foot, concave on interior, with grooved resting surface. Undersurface swelling toward nipple at center. Black glaze in and out.

Bowl with incurred rim, type similar to no. 3. For bowls with similar foot, cf. Agora XII, nos. 830, 832, 841, all middle to second half of the fourth century

5. Small bowl Figure A, Figure 29

DP -4S-9. Two joining fragments giving complete foot and small portion of wall to rim. H. 0.024 m, est. max. D. 0.08 m, D. of foot 0.054 m. Broad ring foot, convex on exterior, concave on interior. Undersurface has central nipple. Shallow body, curve of wall turning abruptly inward just below rounded lip. Black glaze in and out, resting surface reserved. Incised graffito on undersurface: D or L , or possibly A.

Cf. Agora XII, no. 887: 350-325 B.C. This shape is commonly found with little variation from ca. 375 into the early third century B.C. ; see Agora XII, nos. 883-84, 886-89; Rotroff 1983, no. 5; Corbett 1949, no. 155; Thompson 1934, no. A 18. Examples dated by context earlier in the series usually have a reserved resting surface, as does this specimen; Rotroff 1983, 265, places examples with reserved resting surfaces before ca. 310 B.C.

6. Squat aryballos Figure A, Figure 29

DP -4S-8. Eleven joining and four nonjoining fragments of body to base of neck. Pres. H. 0.06 m, max. D. 0.086 m. Flat base, squat body beveled 0.006 m above base. Six-toothed comb used to cover body from neck to maximum diameter with haphazard vertical ribbing. Dipped in thin black glaze, drip line on beveled face leaving base reserved; interior glazed.


This type of ribbed aryballos imitates the shape and incised ribbing of Corinthian blisterware aryballoi. Examples with closely spaced "linear" ribbing as in this specimen are known at Corinth in true and imitation blisterware fabric, dated to the second and third quarters of the fourth century B.C. ; see Corinth VII.iii, 147-48 and note 17. Cf. the two examples, apparently true blisterware, of the second half of the fourth century published by Broneer 1962, 24-25, nos. 20 and 21, with plate 12 f, and p. 6 on the date; cf. also Agora XII, no. 1681: second half of the fourth century B.C. by context. An imitation blisterware example from Athens is published by Rotroff 1983, 289, no. 45, dated late fourth to early third century B.C. ; it is somewhat more squat and heavy and presumably, therefore, somewhat later than this specimen.

7. Skyphos Figure A

DP -2S-6. Fragment of rim. Pres. H. 0.025 m. Convex upper wall with slightly outturned rim. Lip rounded. Black glaze in and out.

Compare the rim profiles in Agora XII, nos. 350-54: second through last quarter of the fourth century B.C. The latest of these types remained in use in the first quarter of the third century; see Rotroff 1984, 347.

8. Kantharos Figure A

DP -4S-10. Two joining fragments of rim. Pres. H. 0.033 m, est. D. of rim 0.08 m. Vertical wall flaring to rounded lip. Black glaze in and out.

Type is either a cup-kantharos or spur-handled kantharos with plain rim, which range in date from the second quarter of the fourth to well into the third century B.C. ; see the discussion in Agora XII, 119-20, 122.

Ten nonjoining black-glazed sherds are not identifiable.

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