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Terracotta modiolus (drinking cup)

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
ca. A.D. 5–40
Terracotta; Arretine ware
H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); diameter 5 1/4 in. (13.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Both cups were made at Arretium (modern Arezzo) in Northern Italy. One (17.194.896) bears stamps giving the name not only of the owner of the workshop, P. Cornelius, but also of the slave, called Rodo, who made the vessel. The shape can be compared with that of some glass vessels also displayed here.

Rogers Fund, 1919 (19.192.42)
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 88, 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.

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

Dragendorff, Hans and Carl Watzinger. 1948. Arretinische Reliefkeramik mit Beschreibung der Sammlung in Tübingen. pp. 163, 165, Reutlingen: Gryphius-Verlag.

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