KE 1316 (Middle Roman Corinthian Lamp) [permalink] [next] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
L 361
Typological identification
Broneer Type XXVIIC Lamp
Typological identification comment
Proportions, doubled discus rim and plain shoulder, thin wall, and slip all point to latest Broneer Type XXVIIC in first quarter of 4th c. CE; only known parallel signed by late Corinthian lampmaker, Valerios.
cf. LABNI, pp. 29, 30, no. 26 (signed ΒΑΛⲈΡΙΥΟ; “Le motif représenté, sans parallèle connu, ne manque pas d‘intérêt: il doit s‘agir de la génisse Io, qui, d‘après certaines traditions, appartenait à la famille royale corinthienne“; Collection Froehner; M.-C. Hellmann)
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Typical fabric (very fine, whitish buff), firing, and surface treatment (matte, thin, uneven, very pale brown slip). Very thin walled. Rare medium clay nodules in grooves.
Preservation comment
Two joining sherds preserve ca. 15% of back right discus with adjacent shoulder and base of upper handle attachment. Slight, extensive abrasion and faint pitting; worn breaks.
Estimated discus diameter
Handle total height preserved
Preserved length
Preserved width
Weight (kg)
Belongs to Historical Period
Middle Roman (Historical Period)
Ceramic (Material)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Bull or Cow (Visual Motif)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Mythological Animal (Visual Motif)
Suggested citation
“KE 1316 (Middle Roman Corinthian Lamp).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2024. <>