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Glass beaker with inscription

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Roman, Syrian
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
H.: 3 1/8 in. (8 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent pale yellow green.
Outsplayed unworked rim; cylindrical body with vertical sides; 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, large central frieze bordered above and below by two horizontal ridges, and divided vertically by two tapering palm fronds, extending from top of band around bottom of body to rim: the frieze contains an inscription in Greek capitals that reads ΚΑTAIΧAIPЄ // KAI ЄΥΦPAINOY, with wreaths above, pointing in opposite directions; around bottom of side, continuous horizontal wreath with chevrons facing to right. The inscription translates as "Rejoice and be merry!" On bottom, projecting rounded ring and central dot.
Broken and repaired, one small hole in side and larger holes in lower body and around edge of bottom; pinprick bubbles; dulling, slight pitting, creamy weathering, and patches of brilliant iridescence.
Said to be from Cyprus

Simon, André Louis. 1933. Wine Trade Loan Exhibition of Drinking Vessels. no. 357, p. 84, pl. 123, London: Worshipful Company of Vintners.

Harden, Donald Benjamin. 1935. "Romano-Syrian Glasses with Mould-Blown Inscriptions." The Journal of Roman Studies, 25: p. 173.

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: p. 91.

Corning Museum of Glass. 1957. Glass from the Ancient World: the Ray Winfield Smith Collection. no. 94, pp. 67-68, fig. 94, Corning, New York: Corning Museum of Glass.

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