Beaker

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Object Name: 
Beaker
Maker(s): 
Accession Number: 
70.1.8
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 8.5 cm, Diam: 7.1 cm; Rim Diam (as restored): 6.4 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1-50
Web Description: 
A Greek inscription on the front of this drinking cup identifies the maker as Neikais. When translated, it reads, "Neikais made it." Neikais is one of the few glass artisans known from antiquity because his or her name was incorporated into the design of the mold used to shape the hot glass. Because the name ends in "ais," Neikais may have been male or female.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Safani, Esteban, Source
1970
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
MNHCΘ [H}/O AΓOPAC [AC]
inscription
side Greek
NEIKAIC/ EПOHCEN
inscription
side Greek
Primary Description: 
Transparent light green glass; mold-blown, two-part mold, ground rim. Barrel shaped; rim sprung, ground flat; body bulges slightly before tapering towards bottom; narrow base with small kick. Mold-blown decoration on body: two inscriptions, each of two lines, one on either side of body, separated by palm-fronds: "NEIKAIC/ EПOHCEN" ('Neikais made [it]') and "MNHCΘ [H}/O AΓOPAC [AC]" ('May the buyer be remembered'); above inscriptions, two horizontal ribs, below it three horizontal ribs; two further ribs above bottom; under base, faint concentric circles.
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (2011) illustrated, p. 84, fig. 53; p. 76; BIB# 121973
Women working in glass (2003) illustrated, p. 9; BIB# 75742
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) illustrated, pp. 21-22, pl. 484; BIB# 58895
Recent Finds from Greece of First-Century A. D. Mold-Blown Glass (1983) illustrated, pp. 71-78;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 13 (1971) illustrated, pp. 134-135, #6; BIB# AI93175f