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Terracotta scyphus (drinking cup)

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
ca. 15 B.C.–A.D. 60
Terracotta; Arretine ware
H. with handle 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm); diameter 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
This cup is stamped by M. Perennius Tigranus, who owned one of the most prolific workshops operating at Arretium (modern Arezzo, Italy) during the Julio-Claudian period. The relief decoration depicts heroic seminude hunters pitted against a bear and a boar.
Signature: Signed by Perennius Tigranus as owner
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 87, p. 273, Paris.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. p. 121, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Christine Alexander. 1939. Augustan Art: An Exhibition Commemorating the Bimillennium of the Birth of Augustus. p. 20, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Alexander, Christine. 1943. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America 9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1. Arrentine Relief Ware. pl. XXV.1a–d, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Dragendorff, Hans and Carl Watzinger. 1948. Arretinische Reliefkeramik mit Beschreibung der Sammlung in Tübingen. pp. 92-3, 96, Reutlingen: Gryphius-Verlag.

Descoeudres, J.P. 1979. "An Augustan Hunting Cup." Archäologischer Anzeiger, 4: pp. 516 n. 23c, 520.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA : A Checklist. p. 197, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

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