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Glass beaker with inscription

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/4in. (7cm) Other: 2 3/8in. (6.1cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.214
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless with pale yellow green tinge.
Outsplayed unworked rim; cylindrical body with vertical sides; uneven, flat bottom. Two vertical mold seams run down sides from rim to edge of bottom through palm fronds, with a separate disk-shaped base section.
On body, three friezes separated and bordered by single horizontal ridges, and divided vertically by two palm fronds: the central narrower frieze contains an inscription in Greek capitals which reads ΛΑΒΕ ΤΗИ // ΝΕΙΚΗΝ; the upper and lower friezes each contain six stylized wreaths, comprising two concentric circles joined by radial lines, and with wavy lines below indicating ribbons. The inscription translates as"Take the victory!" On bottom, projecting rounded ring and central dot.
Complete except that part of rim is missing; pinprick and some larger bubbles; dulling, pitting, creamy brown weathering, and iridescence.
Blown in the same mold as 37.128.10.

This beaker is similar to another displayed here (81.10.210) in that it has the same Greek inscription and decoration of wreaths. However, the arrangment of the two elements is different with the victory wreaths here placed above and below the linear inscription.
Said to be from Idalion, Cyprus

Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. pl. 60f, New York: W. E. Rudge.

Stern, E. Marianne. 1995. Roman Mold-Blown Glass: The First through Sixth Centuries. no. 6d, p. 99, n. 1, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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