KL281 (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
same motif: BernabòBreaCavalier1965, pp. 108, 339, no. 25, tomba 304, pl. CCXXVIII:19 (Meligunìs Lipára)
same motif: Leibundgut1977, pp. 146, 219, no. 154, pl. 29 (Motiv 76; Vindonissa)
Concave discus has relief of winged Eros facing right and reaching up with left arm; traces of trident in background. This type has dolphin center right.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Fabric: 7.5YR 7/6, reddish yellow. Slip: 2.5YR 4/6, red. Fine, somewhat hard fabric has very rare to rare, small, subrounded(?), white (calcitic) and black inclusions and common specks of gold mica. Somewhat thin, semilustrous, even slip detaching in large patches; metallic sheen where preserved. Knidian.
Preservation comment
One sherd preserves small part of central discus. Slight, sparse abrasion around edges; worn breaks; sparse specks to patches of encrustation.
Maximum preserved dimension
Weight (kg)
Ceramic (Material)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Dolphin (Visual Motif)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Eros/Cupid (Visual Motif)
Suggested citation
“KL281 (Early Roman Asia Minor Lamp).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2023. <http://kenchreai.org/kcp/kl281>