Gold glass base of a beaker

Period: Late Imperial

Date: 3rd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass, gold; blown with applied gold foil

Dimensions: Overall: 3 7/16 x 3 1/4 x 3/16 in. (8.8 x 8.2 x 0.5 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1928

Accession Number: 28.57.24

Description

Said to have been found in the catacombs in Rome, this gold glass fragment depicts a victorious driver in his quadriga (four-horse chariot). Above is the inscription "Demeter nica" (Demeter win!), and below is the charioteer's name, Transinicus.

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