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pilgrim flask

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA38459

  • Description

    Grey-brown pottery pilgrim flask with circular body, base of the neck and one handle surviving. On side (a), within a sunken border, Saint Menas stands to front, his arms outstretched in blessing. He has curly hair and a nimbus, wears a short tunic and a long cloak, and is flanked by camels. On side (b), within a wreath tied at the bottom, is an inscription in relief.

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  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 7.4 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 5.4 centimetres (max)
    • Thickness: 1.9 centimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        one side
      • Inscription Language

        Coptic
      • Inscription Content

        ΑΓIOC
        ΜΗΝΑ
        ΕΥΛOΓ
      • Inscription Translation

        Saint Menas, blessing
  • Curator's comments

    Terracotta IV
    Purchased: Greville J. Chester. Acquired in Alexandria.

    Late Roman, about AD 480-650.

    Comparanda: Sides (a) and (b): very close, probably from the same mould-series: Grossmann 1986: front and back cover, from Abu Mena. Near: Witt 2000: no. 38, from Alexandria, dated end of fifth to mid-seventh century AD.
    Side (b): near: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, e.178.1891.

    Bibliog: Nesbit 1873: 330, no. 3.

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  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3437 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair (worn, neck damaged and one handle missing)

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    21 June 1999

    Reason for treatment

    Publication/Catalogue

    Treatment proposal

    Remove soil and dirt

    Condition

    Surface dust, dirt and encrustation. Ceramic body and surface soft and vulnerable to scalpel blades

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned with soft brush and Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex,filler) Scalpel to loosen encrustation with limited success as the ceramic is too soft.

    About these records 

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1874

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA38459

  • Registration number

    1873,0609.32

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.5232.e (Birch Slip Number)
Grey-brown pottery pilgrim flask with circular body, base of the neck and one handle surviving, one face elaborated with a relief representation of Saint Menas and an inscription within wreath on the other face.

Grey-brown pottery pilgrim flask with circular body, base of the neck and one handle surviving, one face elaborated with a relief representation of Saint Menas and an inscription within wreath on the other face.

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