KL139 (Early Roman Asia Minor Lamp) [permalink] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Kenchreai Cemetery Project Inventoried Objects
Typological identification
Early/Middle Roman Asia Minor Lamp, Knidian
Elongated tear-shaped outline. Tear-shaped discus with point, plain, concave with central filling hole, narrow, rounded framing ring, and small unfinished airhole at front. Narrow, sloping shoulder. Elongated, rounded nozzle; traces of burning. Ring handle applied to back rim and down back wall midway to base. Flat, tear-shaped base with single groove and central planta pedis (right foot) with big toe pointing to nozzle. Crisply designed and executed. Two ridges descend diagonally from seam on walls roughly at base of nozzle: these do not correspond with volutes and appear to be marks from molding in this otherwise carefully executed lamp.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Fabric: 2.5YR 6/6, light red. Slip: 5YR 6/8, reddish yellow, to 5YR 4/4, reddish brown . Fine, somewhat hard fabric with very rare, very small, subangular(?) black inclusions and common flecks of golden micaSomewhat thick, semilustrous, even but mottled around sides preserved over whole body and continuing inside. Distinct metallic sheen; very smooth surface with brushstrokes evident along front shoulders and across base. Knidian.
Preservation comment
Three joining sherds preserve entire vessel except for chips from nozzle and missing handle above attachment. Good condition but very slight patches of abrasion around front walls.
Weight (kg)
Ceramic (Material)
Suggested citation
“KL139 (Early Roman Asia Minor Lamp).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2021. <http://kenchreai.org/kcp/kl139>