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Glass beaker signed by Jason

Early Imperial
mid–1st century A.D.
Roman, Syro-Palestinian
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
Height: 3 9/16 in. (9.1 cm) Diameter: 2 9/16 × 2 1/2 in. (6.5 × 6.4 cm)
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent blue green.
Outsplayed knocked-off rim with indent below; body with convex sides, tapering downwards; thick flat bottom, recessed within rounded edge.
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, raised circle surrounding central depression with small boss.
Intact except for one chip in rim; blowing striations and many pinprick bubbles; dulling, pitting, and brilliant iridescent weathering on exterior, and creamy brown weathering and soil encrustation on interior.
The inscriptions read "Jason made (me/it)" on one side and "May the buyer be remembered" on the other.

Probably made in the same mold as the other Jason beaker displayed here (59.11.3).
Inscription: Signed by Jason and inscribed in Greek: IACWN EΠOHCEN (Jason made) and MNHCΘH O AΓOPACAC (Let the buyer be remembered)
Said to be from Scythopolis (Beit She'an, Israel)

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1930. The H. O. Havemeyer Collection: A Catalogue of the Temporary Exhibition, March 10-November 2. p. 112, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. "The Exhibition of the H.O. Havemeyer Collection: Classical Art." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 25 (3): pp. 74-5.

Matheson, Susan B. 1980. Ancient glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. no. 133, p. 53, New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery.

Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney, Gary Tinterow, Susan Alyson Stein, Gretchen Wold, and Julia Meech. 1993. Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection pp. 104, 117, pl. 105, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stern, E. Marianne. 1995. Roman Mold-Blown Glass: The First through Sixth Centuries. p. 74 n. 92c, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2014. Ennion: Master of Roman Glass. no. 30, p. 118, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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