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pilgrim flask

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA5232

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 480-650 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 6.6 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 6.1 centimetres (max)
    • Thickness: 2.1 centimetres (max)
  • Curator's comments

    Terracotta IV
    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.

  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3442 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair (worn, neck damged and both handles missing)

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1847

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA5232

  • Registration number

    1847,0703.1

  • Additional IDs

    • 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.

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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