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Grey-brown pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, short neck and two handles, the fabric is very worn. On side (a), within a plain border, Saint Menas stands to front, his arms outstretched in blessing. Above each arm is a cross. The mould-pressed impression of the saint is featureless, but he wears a short tunic; no cloak is visible. He is flanked by camels. On side (b), within a wreath-border, is a cross, surrounded by an inscription in relief, probably, but it cannot be read due to a covering of concretion.
- 480-650 (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Damanhur
- (Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Damanhur)
- Height: 8.6 centimetres (max)
- Width: 6.6 centimetres (max)
- Thickness: 2.2 centimetres (max)
Inscription Positionside (b)
Inscription TranslationBlessing of Saint Menas.
Purchased: Greville J. Chester. Acquired at Damanhur.
Late Roman, about AD 480-650.
Comparandum: Side (a): near: Petrie Museum uc65096.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- BS.5232.d (Birch Slip Number)
Grey-brown pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, short neck and two handles, the fabric is very worn, one face is elaborated with an impressed representation of St Menas and the other with a rosette within a wreath.
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Object reference number: YCA68809
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