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Bottle; glass; square with rounded angles and corners; very small neck and spreading lip; four scenes painted on sides of bottle: St Nicholas blessing with his right hand and holding his symbol of three golden balls in his left, on the back a shipwreck with St. Nicholas in the sky, on one side three boys rising restored from a tub and on the other with a youth in late 17th century costume carrying a silver ewer on a tray; rest of body ornamented with scrolls painted in gold.
- Made in: Venice
- (Europe,Italy,Veneto,Venice (province),Venice)
- Height: 24 centimetres
Perhaps made in Venetian style outside Venice.
The bottle is thought to have been used for manna, a liquid substance considered to have healing powers which is harvested every year from the crypt of St Nicholas in Myra. Each side shows a story from the Saint's life.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
Bottle; glass; square with rounded angles and corners; very small neck and spreading lip; four scenes painted on sides of bottle: sea-battle with white castle behind, boy in pink holding a tray, a saint (St Nicholas?), three figures with a tub; rest of body ornamented with scrolls painted in gold.
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Object reference number: MCN15670
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