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Ampulla; clay; flat, circular sides with designs in relief. On side (a), within a double border of studs and small dentils, is a head of Saint Menas to right. He has curly hair, and drapery round the neck. On side (b), within a border of studs, is a relief inscription. The mouth is largely lost. Orange clay with a buff surface; a few white inclusions.
- Production date
- 480-650 (circa)
Height: 3.50 inches
- Curator's comments
- Terracotta IV
Donated: Augustus Wollaston Franks. Said to be from Egypt.
Late Roman, about AD 480-650.
Comparanda: Sides (a) and (b): close, probably same mould-series: Kiss 1989a: no. 133, from Kom el-Dikka, Alexandria, context of AD 610-650; Comstock and Vermeule 1976: 203, no. 238. Close: Witt 2000: no. 54, from Alexandria, dated end of fifth to mid-seventh century AD.
Side (a): close: Heide and Thiel 2004: 146, no. iii.3.25, dated end of fifth to middle of seventh century AD; Metzger 1981: no. 79, dated sixth to seventh century AD; Rassart-Debergh 1976: 48, bottom right, dated fifth century AD. Near: Effenberger 1995: 40, fig. 3, dated fifth to sixth century AD.
Side (b): near: von Falck and Lichtwark 1996: 164, no. 139b, dated end of fifth to middle of seventh century AD.
Bibliog: Kiss 1989a: 49, no. 133.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number