The skeleton Cup from Boscoreale
Situated on the southern slope of Mount Vesuvius, the Villa of Boscoreale belongs with Pompeii, Oplontis and Herculaneum to the most important Roman settlements during the eruption of the volcano in the year 79 AD which buried places and incredible amounts of information about the ancient way of life. Among the artefacts is also one important "silver treasure of Boscoreale" (now in the Louvre in Paris) which includes two silver cups, on which images of the skeletons can be found together with the names of Greek philosopher.
Our replica of the skeleton Cup - Terra Sigillata
This well-known and extremely rare skeleton cup is a gem amongst our replica, made by using the same technique to produce Terra Sigillata as the Romans did in antiquity.
- Dating: 1st century AD
- Capacity: approx. 0.1 litres
- Height: 6 cm
- Terra Sigillata
Philosophical cynicism and joie de vivre
Without doubt, the seriousness of the Greek philosophers is satirized on the skeleton cups from Boscoreale, perhaps a marvellous self-criticism. As the skeletons Zeno and Epicurus are arguing about the meaning of life, the skeleton Cup brings the inevitability of death to the language before you which you can enjoy by exchanging serious wisdom, or celebrate and perhaps drown in a great drop of read wine.
A skeleton Cup from the Roman-Shop
The skeleton Cup from our Roman shop is excellently suited for any company, be it serious guests, or small talk aquaintances.
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