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pilgrim flask

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA5230

  • Description

    Brown pottery pilgrim-flask, the whole is very worn, with circular body, short neck and two handles. On each side, within a grooved border, Saint Menas stands to front, his arms outstretched in blessing. Above each arm is an obscure pattern in relief. He has curly hair, wears a short tunic and a long cloak, and is flanked by camels. Both sides are from the same archetype. The mouth is largely lost. Orange fabric, with a buff surface, and some mica.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 480-650 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 6.1 centimetres (max)
    • Thickness: 1.8 centimetres (max)
  • Curator's comments

    Terracotta IV
    Acquisition details not known.

    Late Roman, about AD 480-650.

    Comparanda:
    Close: Witt 2000: no. 41, from Abu Mena, dated end of fifth to mid-seventh century AD.
    Near: Kaufmann 1908: 212, fig.172:7, from Abu Mena; Kiss 1989a: no. 22, from Kom el-Dikka, Alexandria, context of AD 560-610; Metzger 1981: no. 37, dated sixth to seventh century AD.

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  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3431 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    poor (very worn)

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    9 June 1999

    Treatment proposal

    Remove surface dust. Leave stain.

    Condition

    Some surface dust and dirt, stain in surface of ceramic, some encrustation. Ceramic soft and vulnerable to scalpel blades

    Treatment details

    Some light cleaning of encrustation in detail of moulding by mechanically cleaned with air-abrasive using Aluminium oxide, No1 powder with air pressure at 85psi and powder at number 2. Stain not removed as it is in the ceramic and not on the surface.

    About these records 

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA5230

  • Registration number

    .5230

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.5230 (Birch Slip Number)
Brown pottery pilgrim-flask, the whole is very worn, with circular body, short neck and two handles, each face is elaborated with an impressed representation of St Menas.

Brown pottery pilgrim-flask, the whole is very worn, with circular body, short neck and two handles, each face is elaborated with an impressed representation of St Menas.

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