Copy of silver Roman cup

Made:
1901-1970 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Left hand side - A629455, Metal cup, copy of the original silver cup in Lourve, decorated with a series of skeletons
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Metal cup, a copy of the original silver cup in the Lourve, 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).

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A629454
type:
cup
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • drinking vessel

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