THE WARREN CUP
1st century CE
Looking for new sexual inspiration? There is an ancient cup that has a couple suggestions. The Warren Cup is a decorated silver drinking goblet depicting two different homosexual love scenes that functioned as a conversation piece for banquets in ancient roman times.
A very clever idea, but they are not alone in their pleasure, if you look there is a naughty little slave boy peeping on them and smiling from behind the door.
The other side shows a somewhat unusual “advanced class” sideways position that looks worth trying out.
Height: 11 cm
Width: 9.9 cm (max.)
Depth: 11 cm
The cup is named after an American art collector E.P. Warren (1861-1928) who lived in England and acquired the cup shortly after it was discovered.
Warren chose to live in England where he felt freer. For he was, as he put it, "yearning for the renewal of Greek life and on the look out for affections - real affections - between my own sex".
He published a collection of his own gay love poetry as well as an essay entitled "In Defense of Uranian Love".
It wasn’t until 1999 that The British Museum finally purchased the cup for US$2.7 million.
Before that no official institution could handle the hot homo love. It was even refused entry into the USA at customs in 1950.
Personally I would love a reproduction dish set with gay sex prints and designs like The Warren Cup. I mean why use a boring old plain cup when you can have one decorated with hot gay love! It would make everything taste better. I feel it is time to sexually liberate our dishes and ourselves!