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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)

  • 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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