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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)
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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