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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.
8 June 1999
Reason for treatment
Remove encrustation if possible
Some surface dust and dirt, encrustation/stain Ceramic soft and vulnerable to scalpel blades
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).
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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