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Glass beaker with cut inscription

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
4th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Syrian
Medium:
Glass; blown and cut
Dimensions:
H.: 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Anna Palmer Draper, 1915
Accession Number:
15.43.152
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent pale yellow green.
Uneven knocked-off rim with slight bulge below; ovoid body with convex side and round bottom.
On body, three registers of decoration: at top, a band comprising two thick horizontal wheel-abraded lines between which is a zigzag pattern with twenty-one upward triangles; around middle, a wheel-abraded inscription reading ΠΙΕ ΖΗCΗC; below, a narrower band comprising two thick horizontal wheel-abraded lines between which is a pattern of close-set diagonal lines.
Intact; pinprick bubbles; heavy pitting and brilliant iridescent weathering on exterior.

Around the cup is engraved a Greek inscription that reads: Drink so that you might live.
Said to be from near Emesa (modern Homs), Syria

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1915. "A Bequest of Mrs. Mary Anna Palmer Draper." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 (5): pp. 94-97.

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