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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.
- Found/Acquired: Alexandria
- (Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Alexandria (Egypt))
- Height: 7.4 centimetres (max)
- Width: 5.4 centimetres (max)
- Thickness: 1.9 centimetres (max)
Inscription Positionone side
Inscription TranslationSaint Menas, blessing
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.
Not on display
fair (worn, neck damaged and one handle missing)
21 June 1999
Reason for treatment
Remove soil and dirt
Surface dust, dirt and encrustation. Ceramic body and surface soft and vulnerable to scalpel blades
Surface cleaned with soft brush and Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex,filler) Scalpel to loosen encrustation with limited success as the ceramic is too soft.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- 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.
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Object reference number: YCA68806
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