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Coptic Christian pottery St Menas flask

M8

£200.00

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A pottery ampulla or pilgrim flask, of circular form and moulded to either side with a depiction of St Menas between two camels. These flasks were bought by pilgrims to the shrine of St Menas and contained holy water from a spring at the site.

Culture
Egypt, Abu Menas, Coptic Period, 6th to 8th Century AD

Size
12 x 9.2 cms

Condition
One handle and mouth lost, chips and a hole on the body as seen in the photographs

Provenance
Ex. private collection, Oxfordshire, UK; inherited from a mid 20th Century local collection.

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