KE 1851 (Early/Middle Roman Corinthian Lamp) [permalink] [next] [show more links]
Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
L 487
Typological identification
Broneer Type XXVIIC Lamp
sim. BenghaziIII.2, p. 105, no. 720, fig. 8, pl. XXI (D. M. Bailey)
sim. CorinthIV.2, p. 206, no. 707, fig. 142 (O. Broneer)
Concave discus with figural relief has filling hole right, raised edge, and single flat framing ring. Figure is female bust left with hair banded across crown and tied in tight chignon, one large curl and/or earring at side; stern expression. Julio-Claudian hairstyle suggests historical portrait: Corinthian adaptation of Italian type proposed by Bailey as portrait of Livia? (BMLII, p. 143, no. Q 807, pl. 5, fig. 47). Shoulder has ovules. All details are crisp and clean.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Typical buff fabric, firing, and surface treatment: pinkish buff; slightly gritty texture; smooth break; very fine. Large thumbprint preserved on interior from pressing clay into mold.
Preservation comment
One small sherd preserves ca. 30% of upper right discus with very small part of adjacent shoulder. Good condition; clean, sharp breaks.
Published as
KenchreaiV, p. 54, no. 232, pl. 10 (misidentified as Athenian type of Aphrodite; H. Williams)
Estimated discus diameter
Maximum preserved dimension
Weight (kg)
Ceramic (Material)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Female (Gender)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Person (Visual Motif)
Suggested citation
“KE 1851 (Early/Middle Roman Corinthian Lamp).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2024. <>