Terracotta modiolus (drinking cup)

Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Date: ca. A.D. 5–40

Culture: Roman

Medium: Terracotta; Arretine ware

Dimensions: H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); diameter 5 1/4 in. (13.4 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.194.896


Both cups were made at Arretium (modern Arezzo) in Northern Italy. One (17.194.896) bears stamps giving the name not only of the owner of the workshop, P. Cornelius, but also of the slave, called Rodo, who made the vessel. The shape can be compared with that of some glass vessels also displayed here.

Rogers Fund, 1919 (19.192.42)