Globe cup, Christoph Ritter (III), after Jodocus Hondius (I), c. 1640
A kneeling Julius Caesar carries a terrestrial globe on his right shoulder. He is here represented as the founder of the Roman Empire. The names of the other great empires of antiquity – Assyria, Persia and Greece – are inscribed in escutcheons on the cup’s base. To drink from the cup, the top section of the terrestrial globe is removed.