KE 110 (Late Roman Athenian Lamp) [permalink] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Area B (northwest side of harbor)
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
L 25
Typological identification
Late Roman/Early Byzantine Athenian Lamp, copy or imitation North African
Typological identification comment
Material, blunt rendering of shoulder motifs, and unperforated airhole indicate direct copy of North African original.
Model sim. Bussiere2007, pp. 132-133, nos. C 813, C 824, pl. 58 (similar discus but variable shoulder; Musée de Hippone, from area)
Model sim. Djuric1995, p. 74, no. C226 (similar discus but different shoulder; Anwati Collection, Montreal)
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Typical Late Roman Attic lamp fabric (fine with tiny white, gray, and black bits; orangish red, with platy fracture at surface); firing, and surface treatment (thin, mostly even, red slip that flakes and pits readily over discus and dripping down sides). Cleanly smoothed surface and seam throughout.
Preservation comment
One large sherd preserves ca. 45% of lamp, including small part of discus and channel to wickhole, right shoulder, and roughly two-thirds of wall and base. Moderate, extensive abrasion and slight gouging and chipping; somewhat worn breaks; thin, sparse patches of encrustation especially on walls.
Published as
KenchreaiV, p. 84, no. 453 (H. Williams)
Estimated discus diameter
Preserved length
Preserved width
Weight (kg)
Ceramic (Material)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Christian Chi-Rho (Visual Motif)
Suggested citation
“KE 110 (Late Roman Athenian Lamp).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2024. <>