Cape Town - A copy of an ancient Roman silver drinking vessel The Warren Cup has been stolen from an art collector’s home in Cape Town.
The owner, who asked to remain anonymous, has a personal attachment to the artefact and has offered a reward for its return.
“The cup went missing from its display case in my home… I wanted to show the cup to a friend on Saturday morning, only to discover it was gone.
“It wasn’t a burglary or anything like that – a lot of people were working around the house that day and any one of them could have taken it.”
The owner placed an ad in yesterday’s Cape Argus offering a “significant reward” for its return.
The silver cup, pictured, is one of six cast from the original, described as one of the highest-profile and most controversial acquisitions of the British Museum in London.
It has images of homosexual acts on it. There has been debate about the authenticity of the vessel, bought by the British Museum for £1.8 million in 1999.
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