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Copy of silver Roman cup

The metal cup on the left is decorated with skeletons, both adult and infant, representing 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 (A629454).

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A629455

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    Glossary: memento mori

    Symbols intended to remind the viewer of death. Memento mori are often objects such as skulls or hourglasses, but can also be written inscriptions.