Includes a brief biography of Edward Perry Warren.Description and illustrations of a Roman silver cup (early 1st century AD), once owned by Edward Perry Warren, and now in the British Museum, purchased for 1.8 million pounds; it is 11 cm. tall, and is known for its depictions in low relief of homoerotic acts.… (more)
The acquisition of the silver Warren Cup in 1999 caused something of a stir when it was announced to the press on account of its price (£1.8 million) and its challengingly explicit homoerotic scenes.
While we continue to ponder all of these issues, especially those surrounding the meaning of the scenes on the cup, we should not lose sight of the extraordinary beauty and consummate artistry of this singular masterpiece of Roman art.
Contents: 1. Introduction -- 2. The Warren Silver Cup : a description -- 3. E.P. Warren : the collector and the history of the cup -- 4. Luxury Roman Tablewares : plate and glass -- 5. Sex and Society : the interpretation of the scenes -- 6. Conclusion : the find-spot of the Warren Cup -- Further Reading.