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Pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, the neck is damaged and both handles are now missing. On each side, within an inscribed border, Saint Menas stands to front, his arms raised in blessing. He has a nimbus, wears a short tunic and a long cloak, and is flanked by camels. A Greek inscription, in relief. Both sides came from moulds produced from the same archetype: one is twisted slightly in relation to the other. Buff-brown clay.
- 480-650 (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Alexandria
- (Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Alexandria (Egypt))
- Height: 8.2 centimetres (max)
- Width: 6.5 centimetres (max)
- Thickness: 1.8 centimetres (max)
Inscription Positioneach side
Inscription TranslationBlessing of Saint Menas.
Purchased: Greville J. Chester.
Late Roman, about AD 480-650.
Close: Hayes 1976: 117, no. 273, dated late sixth to seventh century AD; Heide and Thiel 2004: 146, no. iii.3.23-4, dated seventh century AD; Kaufmann 1908: 69, fig. 48:6, from the kiln area at Abu Mena; Metzger 1981: no. 72, dated sixth to seventh century AD; Witt 2000: no. 47, from Abu Mena, dated end of fifth to mid-seventh century AD.
Not on display
fair (worn, neck damaged and both handles missing)
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Brit.Mus.Copt. I 15:1
Brown pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, the neck is damaged and both handles are now missing, each face is elaborated with an impressed representation of St Menas surrounded by a Greek text.
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Object reference number: YCA68815
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