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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.
fair (worn, neck damaged and one handle missing)
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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