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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)
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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Object reference number: YCA68807
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