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Light-brown pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, undulating neck with flaring mouth and two handles. On side (a), within two borders of studs, is a head of Saint Menas to right, beardless and with curly hair; drapery below the neck. On side (b), within a border of studs, is a Greek inscription in relief.
- 480-650 (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Alexandria
- (Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Alexandria (Egypt))
- Height: 9.7 centimetres (max)
- Width: 6.2 centimetres (max)
- Thickness: 2.3 centimetres (max)
Inscription TranslationBlessing of Saint Menas.
Purchased: Greville J. Chester. Acquired in Alexandria.
Late Roman, about AD 480-650.
Comparanda: Sides (a) and (b): close: Dewachter 1986: 88, no. 106, dated fifth to seventh century AD; Dutilh 1904: pls 1 and 2, fig. 8, from Alexandria; Witt 2000: no. 53, dated end of fifth to mid-seventh century AD.
Side (b): close: Metzger 1981: no. 79b, from Alexandria, dated sixth to seventh century AD.
Not on display
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Brit.Mus.Copt. I 15:1
Light-brown pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, undulating neck with flaring mouth and two handles, one face is stamped with a Greek inscription and the other with a floral (?) motif, both within beaded borders.
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Object reference number: YCA68818
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