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Terracotta beaker

Early Imperial, Augustan
ca. A.D. 10–15
Terracotta; Arretine ware
H. 7 3/16 in. (18.2 cm) diameter 4 7/16 in. (11.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
This large beaker is attributed to the workshop of Cn. Ateius, one of the best producers of Roman Arretine pottery in the Late Augustan period. Although such relief-molded, red-gloss ware was mass produced for the general market, it often contained features that echo the very highest examples of Roman art. The ornate stand and swan motifs on this beaker recall elements in the wall paintings from the luxury villa at Boscotrecase, as seen in the Black Room adjacent to this gallery.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 86, p. 273.

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