Glass beaker with cut inscription
- Late Imperial
- 4th century A.D.
- Roman, Syrian
- Glass; blown and cut
- H.: 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Bequest of Mary Anna Palmer Draper, 1915
- Accession Number:
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.