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pilgrim flask

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA38462

  • Description

    Light-brown pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, double-neck and two handles, the mouth of each neck is damaged. On each side, within a border of large sunken points, Saint Menas stands to front, his arms outstretched in blessing. Above each arm is a quincunx of sunken points, perhaps representing a cross. He has curly hair, wears a short tunic with long sleeves, and a long cloak, and is flanked by camels. Both sides are from moulds produced from the same archetype, but one of the moulds was more worn than the other.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 480-650 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 9.3 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 8.1 centimetres (max)
    • Thickness: 2.4 centimetres (max)
  • Curator's comments

    Terracotta IV
    Purchased from Selima Harris, collector, a resident of Alexandria and daughter of the collector and dealer Anthony C. Harris.

    Late Roman, about AD 480-650.

    Comparanda: Near (only one mouth): Heide and Thiel 2004: 144, no. iii.3.19, dated end of fifth to middle of seventh century AD; Metzger 1981: no. 43, dated sixth to seventh century AD; von Falck and Lichtwark 1996: 163, no. 138c, dated end of fifth to middle of seventh century AD; Witt 2000: no. 35, from Abu Mena, dated end of fifth to mid-seventh century AD.

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  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3428 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    fair (worn and neck damaged)

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1875

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA38462

  • Registration number

    1875,0810.195

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.5232.g (Birch Slip Number)
Light-brown pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, double-neck and two handles, the mouth of each neck is damaged, each face is elaborated with a moulded and impressed representation of St Menas.

Light-brown pottery pilgrim-flask with circular body, double-neck and two handles, the mouth of each neck is damaged, each face is elaborated with a moulded and impressed representation of St Menas.

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