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Brown pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, the neck is damaged and one handle is missing, the exterior is covered with a grey-coloured slip. On each side, within a plain border, Saint Menas stands to front, flanked by camels, his arms outstretched in blessing. Above his arms on side (a) are crosses; on side (b) are groups of chevrons. He has curly hair, and wears a short tunic: his cloak is only visible in its drapery across the shoulders. The saint and the camels are so close, one to another, on both sides, that a single archetype must have produced their moulds, but the differing devices above the arms point to alternative manipulation of the moulds.
- 480-650 (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Height: 7.7 centimetres (max)
- Width: 5.9 centimetres (max)
- Thickness: 2.2 centimetres (max)
Given by Greville J. Chester.
Late Roman, about AD 480-650.
Comparanda: Side (a): near: Metzger 1981: no. 53a, dated sixth to seventh century AD; Witt 2000: nos. 31 and 32, side A, dated end of fifth to mid-seventh century AD.
fair (worn and one handle missing)
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA68816
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