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The Warren Cup

Dyfri Williams


64 pages, 20 col pls, 10 b/w illus, 9780714122601, $12.95, Paperback, British Museum Press
Published: 12/31/2006

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This is the book to accompany a special display at the British Museum, telling the unique story of this exquisitely crafted Roman silver drinking cup, engraved with erotic scenes. (Takes place between 11th May and 2nd July, 2006). Created in the first century AD, and after being condemned to an undeserved obscurity for too long, the cup shows a pair of male lovers in explicit homoerotic scenes that reflect the mores of the time and region in which the cup was created and used. The book celebrates how this important and beautiful materpiece of Roman art challenges contemporary viewers to look beyond current social and religious environments for its worthwhile appreciation. Beautifully created in a masterful way that has enabled it to survive for hundreds of years, the Warren cup is a very special recent addition to the Museum's collection that is sure to fascinate visitors for years to come.

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