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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
  • Condition

    fair (worn and neck damaged)

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    26 June 1999

    Treatment proposal

    Surface clean remove white deposit and soil

    Condition

    Surface dust and dirt over white encrusted deposit and darker marks

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned with soft beush and scalpel to white deposit. Other deposits too hard - lifting the surface f the ceramic. The dust and soil was lessened in the detail of the decoration but not removed entirely as the ceramic surface is too soft and vulnerable.

    About these records 

  • 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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