Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The Cup of Janus

A 2,500-year-old gold cup that spent 60 years in a box under its owner’s bed fetched £100,000 after being rediscovered during a house move. The cup was given to John Webber by his grandfather who acquired it in the 1930s. Because his grandfather dealt in brass and copper scrap, Webber assumed that it was made from those metals.

The cup, which is 5.5in (14 cm) high, is embossed with two female faces, each wearing a crown formed from snakes. The cup was made from very pure gold in the 3rd to 4th century BC in the Achaemenid Empire.