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pilgrim flask

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA38460

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 480-650 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.6 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 6.6 centimetres (max)
    • Thickness: 2.2 centimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        side (b)
      • Inscription Content

        ΕΥΛOΓIΑΤOΥΑΓIOΥΜΗΝΑ
      • Inscription Translation

        Blessing of Saint Menas.
  • Curator's comments

    Terracotta IV
    Purchased: Greville J. Chester. Acquired at Damanhur.

    Late Roman, about AD 480-650.

    Comparandum: Side (a): near: Petrie Museum uc65096.

  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3440 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair (worn)

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    9 June 1999

    Reason for treatment

    Publication/Catalogue

    Treatment proposal

    Surface clean, check surface.

    Condition

    Some surface dust and dirt, encrustation. Ceramic soft and vulnerable to scalpel blades

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned of dust using Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex,filler) 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, 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 ceramic was only exposed in a few small test areas, but was found to be too vulnerable to allow for full removal of the encrustation. However, it was reduced enough to allow the moulded design to be seen under a raking light.

    About these records 

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1874

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA38460

  • Registration number

    1874,0314.36

  • Additional IDs

    • 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.

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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