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Ampulla; clay; flat, circular sides with designs in relief. On side (a), within a border of studs, Saint Menas stands to front, his arms raised 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 bound at the bottom and with a small circle at the top, is a relief inscription with three studs below. The fabric is pale orange-brown in colour, with a red core.
- Production date
- 480-650 (circa)
Height: 4 inches
- Curator's comments
- Terracotta IV
Purchased: Greville J. Chester. Acquired in Egypt.
Late Roman, about AD 480-650.
Comparanda: Sides (a) and (b): close: Metzger 1981: nos 67 and 68, dated sixth to seventh century AD. Near: Witt 2000: no. 45, from Alexandria, dated end of fifth to mid-seventh century AD.
Side (a): near: Kiss 1989a: no. 10, from Kom el-Dikka, Alexandria, context of AD 480-560.
Side (b): close: Kiss 1989a: no. 129, from Kom el-Dikka, Alexandria, context of AD 610-650. Not unlike Witt 2000: no. 46, side B, from Alexandria, dated end of fifth to mid-seventh century AD.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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