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ampulla

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1921,0216.62

  • Description

    Ampulla; tin; obverse: Thomas à Becket, nimbed and mitred with crozier, a knight at either side with drawn sword; reverse: pointed oval panel with the martyrdom; inscribed '+ OPTIM EGROR MEDIC FIT TOMA BONOR' (Thomas is the best doctor for the worthy sick')

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1170-1200
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 100 millimetres
    • Width: 87 millimetres
    • Depth: 28 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse, border
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        OPTIM EGROR MEDIC FIT TOMA BONOR
      • Inscription Translation

        Thomas is the best doctor for the worthy sick
  • Curator's comments

    For information about the donor, Mary Greg, see:
    Mitchell, L., 2014. ‘Treasuring things of the least’: Companion Extraordinaire Mary Hope Greg. The Guild of St George Journal, The Companion, 14, pp.10-12

  • Bibliography

    • Alexander & Binski 1987 no48 bibliographic details
    • Robinson 2008 p. 91 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G68/dc11/p2/no2

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2012 - Present, London, BM, G68 Money Gallery
    2011 23 June-9 Oct, London, BM, 'Treasures of Heaven'
    2010-2011 17 Oct-6 Jan, Ohio, Cleveland Museum of Art, 'Treasures of Heaven'
    1999 8 Feb-2 Apr, London, Wellcome Institute Library, Renaissance Medicine
    1990 Sep 24-Oct 31, Canterbury City Council Museums Art Galleries & Monuments, Thomas Becket
    1987-1988 6 Nov-6 Mar, London, Royal Academy of Arts, Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagenet England 1200-1400

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Martyrdom of St Thomas à Becket
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1921

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1921,0216.62

Ampulla; lead alloy; obverse: in relief, Thomas à Becket, nimbed and mitred, with crozier, and soldier at either side with drawn sword; reverse: pointed oval panel with his martyrdom by one knight; inscribed.

Ampulla; lead alloy; obverse: in relief, Thomas à Becket, nimbed and mitred, with crozier, and soldier at either side with drawn sword; reverse: pointed oval panel with his martyrdom by one knight; inscribed.

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