The inscription “Seize the Victory” on this beaker might refer to a drinking contest or game, as indicated by the two friezes with stylised laurel wreaths. Harden identified four variants of this type, two of which have the N of THN inscribed in reverse (Group K.1.iii; Harden, 1935, p. 178-9). This reversed N is possibly the result of a mistake by the mould-maker while working in negative, rather than an intentional design, or even a maker’s mark. The find-spots of the above type include Cyprus, Sardinia, the Black Sea region and Lebanon, suggesting an area of manufacture on the Phoenician coast.
For similar cf. Whitehouse, 2001, p. 26, no. 491, where he cites twenty known examples of Victory beakers with the inscription written on one line, a subgroup of which have the N formed backwards. See also Kunina, 1997, p. 275, no. 113, Israeli, 2003, no. 129, and J. Paul Getty Museum, no. 2003.319 (von Saldern, 1974, p. 162, no. 454).