Pilgrim Flask



Pottery pilgrim flask (ampulla) with a flat circular shaped body, narrow neck, and two handles for suspension (one missing). Both sides are moulded with an image of St. Menas, an Egyptian soldier who was martyred during the reign of the emperor Diocletian who reigned between AD 284–305. St. Menas is standing with arms outstretched in the early Christian pose of prayer. He stands between two crouching camels that carried his body to Abu Mina for burial. Above his arms are crosses and the whole image is surrounded by a border of concentric circles. In error marked 44.12. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Worn, surface loss, number inked on, old label, incomplete-handle missing.