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Pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, short neck and one handle surviving. On side (a), within a sunken border, Saint Menas stands to front, his arms outstretched in blessing. Above each arm is a cross. He has curly hair, wears a short tunic and a long cloak, and is flanked by camels. On side (b), within a toothed border, is a rosette-like pattern. Buff fabric, with a few white grits.
- 480-650 (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Damanhur
- (Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Damanhur)
- Height: 9.2 centimetres (max)
- Width: 6.6 centimetres (max)
- Thickness: 2.2 centimetres (max)
Purchased: Greville J. Chester. Acquired at Damanhur.
Late Roman, about AD 480-650.
Comparanda: Side (a): near: Beck and Bol 1983: 576, no. 175.1 (both sides the same), dated fourth to seventh century AD; Kiss 1989a: nos 16 and 19, from Kom el-Dikka, Alexandria, context of AD 560-610; Metzger 1981: no. 38 (both sides the same), dated sixth to seventh century AD.
Not on display
fair (worn and one handle missing)
9 June 1999
Reason for treatment
Remove soil and dirt.
Some surface dust and dirt, encrustation. Ceramic still has a fairly good surface as far as can be seen where it is still exposed, but may be soft and vulnerable to scalpel blades
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 2/3, 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.j (Birch Slip Number not extant)
Grey-brown pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, short neck and one handle surviving, one face is elaborated with an impressed representation of St Menas and the other with a rosette within a beaded border.
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Object reference number: YCA68810
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