England, Russia, Germany and Greece provide stars in World Cups Twitter special

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 June 2014

Museums have revealed a few exhibits as historic as the Jules Rimet trophy on the opening day of the World Cup

Russia

A photo of a small brown cup
Carved wood from Russia© Horniman Museum and Gardens
This example from Russia was carved in 1882 and was left to the Horniman collection in 1907 by a Captain Telfer.

It is a deep wooden cup with a short pedestal. The lower sides of the cup are decorated with an incised dot design. Its handle is particularly intricate.

Greece

A photo of a grey or black stone cup with a handle and illustrations of ancient creatures
Replica Brass from Greece© Horniman Museum and Gardens
This brass object is a replica of a gold cup found in a tomb at the ancient site of Vaphio, Greece.

The original is from the late Minoan period, and is roughly 3,500 years old.

It is a replica brass Vaphio cup with an angular handle bolted in place. The raised decoration depicts a prancing bull.

England

A photo of a small white cup with illustrations of people involved in a hunt around it
Engraved Horn from England© Horniman Museum and Gardens
This piece of horn has been hollowed out and carefully engraved with a classic English hunting scene.

It dates from the 18th or 19th century.

Germany

A photo of a small white china cup on a saucer
German cup from the age of the moustache© Museum of English Rural Life
This is one of several moustache-protecting cups held by the Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading.

The porcelain collection largely dates from the 19th and early 20th centuries.


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