Wine Cup with Odysseus

Unknown1st century

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The Greek hero Odysseus stands holding a sword with which he has just sacrificed a ram. The scene appears to depict an episode in Homer's Odyssey. Odysseus traveled to Hades, the land of the dead, to consult the ghost of the blind seer Teiresias, who told him when he would return home to Ithaka. The blood of the ram has summoned the dead, and Teiresias and another ghost are shown sitting on rocks. The other side of this two-handled drinking cup shows five conversing male figures, probably philosophers. Heavy, silver drinking cups with repoussé decoration were very popular in the first century A .D. The cups are formed from an outer case decorated with the relief and a plain inner liner soldered together. The feet and handles were made separately and soldered on.


  • Title: Wine Cup with Odysseus
  • Date Created: 1st century
  • Location Created: Roman Empire
  • Physical Dimensions: w16.3 x h12.5 cm
  • Type: Cup
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=38000
  • Medium: Silver
  • artist: Unknown
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Subject: Odyssey, Odysseus, Tiresias


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