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Red-brown clay pilgrim-flask with circular body, the neck is damaged and both handles are now missing. On side (a), Saint Menas stands to front, with arms outstretched in blessing. He has curly hair and a nimbus, and wears a short tunic and a long cloak. On each side of him a camel bows down. On side (b), within a grooved border, is an amphora with looped handles and a conical seal, flanked by a cross and a flagon with two handles; above the handles of the amphora are trefoil studs. The amphora resembles a late Roman Gaza jar. The whole is worn.
- 480-650 (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Alexandria (near)
- (Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Alexandria (Egypt))
- Height: 6.6 centimetres (max)
- Width: 6.1 centimetres (max)
- Thickness: 2.1 centimetres (max)
Purchased. Acquired by the vendor 'from an Arab, near Alexandria'.
Late Roman, about AD 480-650.
Comparandum: Side (b): close: Pagenstecher 1913: 93, fig. 106:7 (Saint Menas on the other side).
Bibliog: Nesbit 1873: 330, no. 15.
Not on display
fair (worn, neck damged and both handles missing)
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- BS.5232 (Birch Slip Number)
Red-brown pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, the neck is damaged and both handles are now missing, one face is elaborated with an impressed representation of St Menas and the other with an amphora, flanked by a cross and a flask, the whole is very worn.
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Object reference number: YCA68814
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