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pilgrim flask

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  • Description

    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.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 480-650 (circa)
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 7.7 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 5.9 centimetres (max)
    • Thickness: 2.2 centimetres (max)
  • Curator's comments

    Terracotta IV
    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.

  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3429 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    fair (worn and one handle missing)

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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