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Glass beaker

Early Imperial
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
H. 2 7/8in. (7.3cm) Other: 2 3/4in. (7cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent pale 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, with a separate disk-shaped base section.
On body, large central frieze bordered above and below by a horizontal wreath with chevrons, facing in opposite directions: the frieze contains six large loops of vine tendrils, three on each side, each loop enclosing a vine leaf in outline or a stylized grape cluster comprising a series of dots; on one side, two leaves flank a cluster; on the other, two clusters flank a leaf. On bottom, projecting rounded ring and central dot.
Chips missing in rim and larger holes in lower body and around edge of bottom; few bubbles; some dulling and reddish brown encrustation, with faint weathering and iridescence.

Although closely related to Victory beakers, such as 81.10.210 and 81.10.214 also displayed here, this drinking cup has a more general appeal with its decoration of stylized vine leaves and grape clusters.
Said to be from Idalium, Cyprus (Froehner 1879, p. 65 and note 2; A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection…, 1903, vol. 3, pt. 2, pl. LXXVIII, 2)

Between 1865 and 1872, excavated in Idalium, Cyprus, by Luigi Palma di Cesnola; afterwards, collection of L.P. di Cesnola; before 1879, purchased by Jules Charvet from L.P. di Cesnola; until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. pp. 65 n. 2, 79 n. 11, 120, 139, pl. XXVII, 112, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215–16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. LXXVIII, 2, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 3. p. 725, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. p. 245, pl. 60, New York: W. E. Rudge.

Harden, Donald Benjamin. 1935. "Romano-Syrian Glasses with Mould-Blown Inscriptions." The Journal of Roman Studies, 25: no. I.1.a, p. 184.

Vessberg, Olof. 1952. "Roman Glass in Cyprus." Opuscula archaeologica, 7: p. 138.

Vessberg, Olof and Alfred Wesholm. 1956. The Swedish Cyprus Expedition, Vol. 4, Pt. 3. p. 138, Stockholm: Håkan Ohlssons Boktryckeri.

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