The J. Paul Getty Museum

Beaker with Inscription

Object Details

Title:

Beaker with Inscription

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Eastern Mediterranean (Place Created)

Date:

1st century A.D.

Medium:

Glass

Object Number:

2004.35

Dimensions:

7.8 × 7.3 cm (3 1/16 × 2 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

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.

Provenance
Provenance
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.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (November 9, 2005 to July 24, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), November 9, 2005 to August 6, 2006
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (January 11 to April 23, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), January 11 to April 23, 2007
Bibliography
Bibliography

Saldern, Axel von, et al. Gläser der Antike: Sammlung Erwin Oppenländer, exh. cat. (Hamburg: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1974), p. 162, no. 453.