KE 160 (Late Roman Corinthian Lamp) [permalink] [next] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
JLR 4-2020: problematic, two holes beside head: rather seated saint, Ennabli no. 158?
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
L 44
Typological identification
Late Roman Corinthian or Regional Lamp, copy North African
Original North African type: G. B. de Rossi, “Le lucerne cristiane rinventue nel palazzo dei Cesari, ed altri monumenti della storia cristiana del Palatino,“ Bullettino di archeologia cristiana 5 (1867) 9-16 at pp. 9, 12, fig. 1 (from Palatine, Rome); G. B. de Rossi, “Posilipo presso Napoli: lucerna cristiana di tipo assai raro tratta dalle rovine d‘una villa romana,“ Bullettino di archeologia cristiana ser. 2 no. 5 (1874) 129-32 (from Bay of Naples); Forrer 1893, p. 12, pl. IV:3 (Achmim-Panopolis); Wulff 1909 [III.1], p. 248, no. 1249, pl. LXI (from Egypt; citing other examples hard to locate, from North Africa and Athens; Königliche Museen zu Berlin).
sim. AgoraVII, p. 100, no. 338, pl. 10 (regional copy; J. Perlzweig).
sim. CorinthIV.2, p. 286, no. 1467, pl. XXII (regional copy; O. Broneer)
Type of Jesus Christ facing front flanked by two avian angels and standing over basilisk, dragon, and lion.
Preservation comment
One sherd preserves ca. 20% from the upper back part of the lamp, including small part of discus and shoulder and upper handle. Moderate, extensive abrasion and slight scratching and chipping; worn edges; scattered thin patches of encrustation.
Published as
KenchreaiV, p. 82, no. 427, pl. 19 (H. Williams)
Preserved length
Preserved width
Ceramic (Material)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Jesus Christ (Visual Motif)
Suggested citation
“KE 160 (Late Roman Corinthian Lamp).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2022. <>