GALLERY OPENING TIMES
Co-curated by Clare Pickersgill, University of Nottingham Museum, Dr Paul Roberts, Department of Greece and Rome, British Museum in collaboration with Manuscripts and Special Collections, University of Nottingham.
This exhibition brings together a wide variety of sexual images from Roman art and archaeology and investigates what they meant to those who made and used them. It begins by looking at how Victorian attitudes have affected the way we have collected, displayed and studied these objects including the centrepiece of this exhibition, The Warren Cup. This Roman silver cup, decorated with scenes of homosexual love, is one of the highlights of the British Museum and is central to a wider discussion on sex and sexuality in the Roman world. The exhibition also looks at concepts of sacred and profane love, and the gods, goddesses and myths associated with sexuality. Finally, objects are displayed which to modern eyes may appear to be sexual but which to Roman eyes were not. Instead these objects were filled with other meanings to the Romans, such as fertility, superstition and humour.
This exhibition contains objects from the collections of the British Museum and University of Nottingham alongside pieces from Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University o Cambridge.
Admission is free but places are limited so please book your tickets with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.
THURSDAY 31 MARCH 1-2PM
THE WARREN CUP:
A COLLECTOR AND HIS HOLY GRAIL
Dr Dyfri Williams, Research Keeper of the Department of Greece and Rome, British Museum.
This talk will look at what we know of both the colourful history of the Warren Cup and of its first owner, E.P. Warren, into whose circle the remarkable Roman silver cup fitted perfectly.
PLEASE NOTE:Some materials in the exhibition contain imagery that could be seen as unsuitable for children. We advise that adults accompany children under the age of 16.
The Warren Cup is one of the objects featured in the British Museum and BBC R4 Series ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’.
The Warren Cup. Roman, mid-1st century AD. Said to be from Bittir (ancient Bethther), near Jerusalem. © The Trustees of the British Museum