Glass cup signed by Ennion


British Museum

British Museum

The cup was blown in a decorated mould that produced flutes on the lower half, and above Greek inscriptions with palmettes, concentric circles, and columns with a star between. The inscriptions translate as: 'Ennion made me' and 'let the buyer be remembered'. Ennion is one of four named makers of mould-blown glass from this period, and may have been the first, as examples of his work have been found in locations to the west of Sidon dating from the late AD 30s and 40s. His work is aesthetically pleasing, and includes a number of other drinking cups, as well as jugs and flasks with six sides. It has been suggested that Ennion's home was in Sidon, as two of his signed pieces come from there, though more have been found in Jerusalem. Nonetheless, Ennion's name seems to be a Greek version of a Semitic name, since it is not common in Greek, and 'let the buyer be remembered' was also a traditional Semitic greeting.

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  • Title: Glass cup signed by Ennion
  • Date Created: 25/50
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 9.50cm; Diameter: 13.45cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: mould-blown; cut; ground
  • Subject: commerce/finance
  • Registration number: 1876,1114.4
  • Production place: Made in Sidon
  • Producer: Made by Ennion
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Tremithusa
  • Period/culture: Roman
  • Material: glass
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Cesnola, Luigi Palma di


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