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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)
9 June 1999
Reason for treatment
Some surface dust and dirt, encrustation. Ceramic soft and vulnerable to scalpel blades
Surface cleaned of dust using soft brush Some light cleaning of encrustation in detail of moulding with air-abrasive using Aluminium oxide, No1 powder with air pressure at 85psi and powder at number 2, as the surface of the ceramic was too soft to allow for picking the encrustation away with a scalpel blade, (the ceramic surface came away with it). The air abrasive technique allowed for the encrustation to the pared down from the outside toward the ceramic. The encrustation was reduced enough to allow the moulded design to be seen under a raking light.
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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