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Ampulla; clay; flat, circular sides with designs in relief. On side (a), within an inscribed border, a small figure of Saint Menas stands to front, his arms upraised in blessing. He wears a short tunic and is flanked by camels. On side (b) is a cross within a circle of studs and an inscribed border. The mouth is damaged.
- Production date
- 480-650 (circa)
Height: 3.50 inches
- Curator's comments
- Terracotta IV
Purchased: Greville J. Chester.
Late Roman, about AD 480-650.
Comparanda: Sides (a) and (b): close: Metzger 1981: no. 71, from Jerusalem, dated sixth to seventh century AD. Not unlike: Witt 2000: no. 48, dated end of fifth to mid-seventh century AD: the British Museum example is a coarse descendant of this.
Side (b): close: von Falck and Lichtwark 1996: 164, no. 139a, dated end of fifth to middle of seventh century AD. Near: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, no. 1891.117, acquired by the vendor at Akhmim.
Bibliog: Murray 1907: pl. iv:5.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number