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Cup of the Ptolemies

Late Hellenistic or Roman onyx cameo cup / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Cup of the Ptolemies (French: Coupe des Ptolémées), also known as the Cup of Saint Denis,[1] is an onyx cameo two-handled cup, or kantharos.[2][3] The cup, decorated with Dionysiac vignettes and emblems, was carved at some point in Classical Antiquity, probably in Alexandria. Eventually, it found its way into the treasury of the French kingdom, before it was donated to the abbey of St. Denis. During the Middle Ages, it was used as a Christian chalice, and lavish mounts were added, with Latin inscriptions. In 1804, the cup was stolen, and the mounts were lost, although the cup itself was recovered. It is now in the Cabinet des Médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.

Front (top) and back (bottom) of the cup.