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.
9 June 1999
Reason for treatment
Surface clean, check surface.
Some surface dust and dirt, encrustation. Ceramic soft and vulnerable to scalpel blades
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.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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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