A Roman mould-blown cup signed by Aristeas
Mid 1st Century A.D.
Made in yellowish-green glass and blown into a four-part mould comprising three vertical sections and one for the base, the vertical mould-seams continuing right up to the top of the rim, with a squashed spherical body, vertical mouth and cut-off rim, the decoration in fine low relief arranged into three horizontal bands starting 60mm. below the rim: in the first, delicate petal fluting with, in the middle of one mould part, a three-lined inscription in Greek letters, APICTEAC KY C I (Aristeas the Cypriote made [it/me]) arranged within a tabula ansata, a central band comprising an arcaded frieze of palmettes and a lower band of petal fluting, the domed base with a small raised dot in the centre, 2½in. (6.4cm.) high, 25/8in. (6.6cm.) rim diam., 11/8in. (2.8cm.) base diam., iridescence, two rim chips broken and mended