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Glass beaker with inscription

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Roman, Syrian
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
H.: 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent pale yellow green.
Outsplayed unworked rim; cylindrical body with vertical sides; uneven, flat bottom. Two vertical mold seams run down sides from rim to edge of bottom through palm fronds, with a separate disk-shaped base section.
On body, three friezes separated and bordered by single horizontal ridges, and divided vertically by two palm fronds: the central narrower frieze contains an inscription in Greek capitals that reads ΛΑΒΕ ΤΗИ // ΝΕΙΚΗΝ; the upper and lower friezes each contain six stylized wreaths, comprising two concentric circles joined by radial lines, and with wavy lines below indicating ribbons. The inscription translates as "Take the victory!" On bottom, projecting rounded ring and central dot.
Broken and repaired around rim, with part of rim and upper body missing; pinprick and larger bubbles; most of surfaces covered with thick creamy brown weathering, with patches of brilliant iridescence.
Blown in the same mold as 81.10.214.
Harden, Donald Benjamin. 1944–1945. "Two Tomb-Groups of the First Century A.D. from Yahmour, Syria, and a Supplement to the List of Roman-Syrian Glasses with Mould-Blown Inscriptions." Syria, 24: no. K.1.iii.q, p. 94.

Matheson, Susan B. 1980. Ancient glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. no. 134, p. 54, New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery.

Stern, E. Marianne. 1995. Roman Mold-Blown Glass: The First through Sixth Centuries. p. 99 n. 1, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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