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Glass beaker signed by Jason

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
mid–1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Syro-Palestinian
Medium:
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
Dimensions:
Height: 3 9/16 in. (9.1 cm) Diameter: 2 5/8 × 2 9/16 in. (6.7 × 6.4 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.11.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent green.
Outsplayed knocked-off rim with indent below; body with convex sides, tapering downwards; 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 small chip in rim; blowing striations, some pinprick and a few larger bubbles; dulling, pitting, and brilliant iridescent weathering on exterior, and thick creamy brown weathering with soil encrustation on sides of interior.
The inscriptions read "Jason made (me/it)" on one side and "May the buyer be remembered" on the other.

Molded into the sides of the beaker are two Greek inscriptions. One says Jason made [me or it], and the other seems to be an echo of a Semitic blessing, Let the buyer remember. The two may be read separately, but it is more logical to see them as a commercial slogan, Let the buyer remember [that] Jason made [this beaker], thereby encouraging customers to buy Jason’s products again.
Inscription: Signed by Jason and inscribed in Greek: IACWN EΠOHCEN (Jason made) and MNHCΘH O AΓOPACAC (Let the buyer be remembered)
Niessen, Carl Anton. 1911. Beschreibung Römischer Altertümer. no. 1084, p. 65, pl. XXVII, LII, Cöln: Greven & Bechtold.

Corning Museum of Glass. 1957. Glass from the Ancient World: the Ray Winfield Smith Collection. no. 70, p. 59, fig. 70, Corning, New York: Corning Museum of Glass.

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

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2014. Ennion: Master of Roman Glass. no. 29, p. 116, figs. 31, 32, p. 44, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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