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pilgrim flask

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA38496

  • Description

    Grey pottery pilgrim-flask, the fabric is very coarse, with circular body, short neck and only one handle surviving, both faces are elaborated with moulded rosettes within circles and beaded borders. The moulds for each side were made from the same archetype.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 480-650 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.7 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 6.1 centimetres (max)
    • Thickness: 2.1 centimetres (max)
  • Curator's comments

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

    Late Roman, about AD 480-650.

    Comparanda: Close: Metzger 1981: no. 95, from Alexandria, dated sixth to seventh century AD; registration no. PE 1883,0621.55. Near: Kaufmann 1908: 70, fig. 50, a mould from Abu Mena.

  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3464 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair (worn and handle missing)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1867

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA38496

  • Registration number

    1867,0915.60

Grey pottery pilgrim-flask, the fabric is very coarse, with circular body, short neck and only one handle surviving, both faces are elaborated with moulded rosettes within circles and beaded borders.

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