by 1974 - 1988
Erwin Oppenländer, 1901 - 1988 (Waiblingen, Germany), by inheritance to his daughter, Ingrid Reisser, 1988.
1988 - 2004
Ingrid Reisser (Böblingen, Germany), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2004.
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Beaker with Inscription
Eastern Mediterranean (Place Created)
1st century A.D.
7.8 × 7.3 cm (3 1/16 × 2 7/8 in.)
Made from greenish-transparent glass, this small beaker or cup features several decorative bands including a wreath pattern, and near the base, a row of chevrons. Below the wreath, an inscription in Greek suggests the beaker's festive function: "rejoice and be merry."
To create this beaker, the glassmaker used a three-piece mold. Because the seam of the mold was not completely tight, some of the molten glass seeped out of the mold. As was common practice, the glassmaker incorporated the mold mark into the design in order to better conceal it. The Romans introduced the technique of inflating glass into molds in the early first century A.D. and this technique has been used continuously in glassmaking centers around the Mediterranean.
Saldern, Axel von, et al. Gläser der Antike: Sammlung Erwin Oppenländer, exh. cat. (Hamburg: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1974), p. 162, no. 453.