cup skeleton cup, roman drinking vessel with relief decoration

Item number: 42114

Rare discovery of Roman art. Terra Sigillata skeleton cup - expressive ancient image?s language for your home

Category: Clay Cups & Jugs

14,90 €
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Dimensions ( length × width × height ):
5,00 × 5,00 × 6,00 cm

Roman skeleton cup terra sigillata

The skeleton cup from Boscoreale

The villa of Boscoreale close to the southern slope of Vesuvius is next to Pompeii, Oplontis and Herculaneum one of the most important places destroyed by the eruption of the volcano in 79 AD, that supply today?s archeologists with immense amounts of information about the ancient way of life. Among the discoveries in the villa was the strongly famous "silver treasure of Boscoreale"(today in Paris? Louvre), too. As well it contained two silvern cups, on which were imaged the skeletons of Greek philosophers named in inscriptions. Very rarely such cups, even though not marked with inscriptions, come to light.

Copies of a skeleton cup - Terra Sigillata

To this well known and very rare skeleton cups as well the one of our Roman Shop is adapted. On the copy out of Terra Sigillata are images of skeletons, that made the drinking person according to ancient tradition realise the transience of life.

  • dated to 1st century AD
  • capacity of circa 0,1 litre
  • height circa 6 cm
  • Terra Sigillata

Philosopher?s mockery and love for life

On the skeleton cups from Boscoreale clearly the seriousness of the Greek philosophers is satirised. Even as skeletons here Zenon and Epikur are fighting about the sense of life. The skeleton cup shows the inevitability of death, from which as well wisdom can not protect you. He requests to enjoy life and no be so dogged.

A skeleton cup form the Roman Shop

The skeleton cup out of our Roman Shop is perfectly suited to remind you about enjoying life. So get active and bring yourself this absolute rarity and handwork of high quality into your home.

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