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A pilgrim-flask. On each side, within a chevron-border, Saint Menas stands to front, his arms outstretched in blessing. Beside his head in relief lettering is an inscription. He has a nimbus, wears a short tunic with sleeves and a long cloak, and is flanked by camels. The two moulds used appear to be from the same archetype, but one was much more worn than the other; the applied neck, mouth and both handles are missing. Buff fabric, containing both dark and light sand.
- Found/Acquired: Damanhur
- (Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Damanhur)
- Height: 9.4 centimetres (max)
- Width: 9.8 centimetres (max)
- Thickness: 2.7 centimetres (max)
Inscription Positionboth faces
Inscription ContentΑΓIOC ΜΗΝO
Inscription TranslationHoly Menas
Purchased: Greville J. Chester. Acquired at Damanhur.
Late Roman, about AD 480-650.
Close, perhaps from same mould-series: Hayes 1976: 116, no. 268, dated late sixth to seventh century AD; Kiss 1989a: nos 1, 2,and perhaps 3, from Kom el-Dikka, Alexandria, context of AD 480-560; Metzger 1981: nos 3 and 4, dated sixth to seventh century AD; Strzygowski 1904: pl. xxi:8976.
Close: Effenberger 1995: 40, fig. 20, dated fifth to sixth century AD; Volbach 1963: no. 219, from Abu Mena; Witt 2000: nos 1, from Ramleh (?) in Alexandria, 2, side A, and 3, from Alexandria, dated end of fifth to middle seventh century AD.
fair (incomplete - neck and handles missing)
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- BS.5232.e (Birch Slip Number)
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Object reference number: YCA68822
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