Copy of silver Roman cup

1901-1970 in Europe

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Left hand side - A629455, Metal cup, copy of the original silver cup in Lourve, decorated with a series of skeletons
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Metal cup, a copy of the original silver cup in the Louvre, decorated with a series of skeletons depicting the dance of death, Roman

Decorated with skeletons, both adult and infant, the silver cup on the right represents the ‘Dance of Death’. As a memento mori, this cup reminds drinkers of the shortness of life and the inevitability of death. This cup is a copy of the original silver version, which is in the Louvre in Paris, France. It is shown here with a similar example (A629455). The original Louvre cup was found during excavations in 1895, part of what is known as ‘The Boscoreale treasure’, which was buried by its owner prior to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79.


Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • drinking vessel

Cite this page


We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.

Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero

Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data


Download catalogue entry as json

View manifest in IIIF viewer

Add to Animal Crossing Art Generator

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.