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Beaker signed by Meges

Early Imperial
mid–1st century A.D.
Roman, Syro-Palestinian
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
Height: 3 5/16 in. (8.5 cm) Diameter: 2 5/8 × 2 9/16 in. (6.6 × 6.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1901
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent yellow green.
Outsplayed knocked-off rim with indent below; body with convex sides, tapering downwards; slightly concave bottom.
Three-part mold with two vertical sections joined to cup-shaped bottom section, forming decoration in relief on sides and bottom; two horizontal ridges above central frieze containing two Greek inscriptions, each in two lines and divided vertically by a stylized palm frond; below frieze, three more horizontal ridges; near bottom on cup section of mold, two more horizontal ridges; on bottom, three raised concentric circles surrounding small central depression.
Intact except for one chip in rim; blowing striations, pinprick and a few larger bubbles; slight dulling, pitting, and iridescence on exterior, and patches of whitish weathering on side of interior.
The inscriptions read "Meges made (me/it)" on one side and "May the buyer be remembered" on the other.

This beaker is very similar to two others displayed here except that here it is signed by Meges, not Jason.
Inscription: Signed by Meges and inscribed in Greek: MEΓΗC EΠOHCEN (Meges made) and MNHCΘH O AΓOPACAC (Let the buyer be remembered)
Said to be from Scythopolis (Beit She'an, Israel)

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930[1911]. The Room of Ancient Glass, : pp. 15-6, fig. 15.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2014. Ennion: Master of Roman Glass. no. 31, p. 119, fig. 33, pp. 44-45, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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