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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.
- 480-650 (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Height: 9.3 centimetres (max)
- Width: 8.1 centimetres (max)
- Thickness: 2.4 centimetres (max)
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.
Not on display
fair (worn and neck damaged)
26 June 1999
Reason for treatment
Surface clean remove white deposit and soil
Surface dust and dirt over white encrusted deposit and darker marks
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.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- 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.
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