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pilgrim flask

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA17083

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 480-650 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 9.7 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 6.2 centimetres (max)
    • Thickness: 2.3 centimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        ΕΥΛ
        OΓIΑΤO
        ΥΑΓIOΥ
        ΜΗΝΑ
      • Inscription Translation

        Blessing of Saint Menas.
  • Curator's comments

    Terracotta IV
    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.

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  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3453 bibliographic details
    • Hall 1905 p.19-20, pl.15 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair (worn)

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    8 June 1999

    Reason for treatment

    Publication/Catalogue

    Treatment proposal

    Remove encrustation if possible

    Condition

    Some surface dust and dirt, encrustation/stain Ceramic soft and vulnerable to scalpel blades

    Treatment details

    Ceramic surface and encrustation/stain examined under magnification, attenpts at mechanical removal takes the ceramic surface with it. The deposit was therefore left in place and the surface was cleaned of dust with Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex,filler).

    About these records 

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1886

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA17083

  • Registration number

    1886,0605.63

  • Additional IDs

    • 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.

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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