Coptic Egypt Terracotta Pilgrim Flask c. 480-650 AD // Saint Menas
Coptic Egypt, c. 480 - 650 AD. Terracotta souvenir pilgrim flask. Depicts Saint Menas on one side, flanked by camels, his arms outstretched in blessing. Above each arm is a quincunx, representing a cross; all within a beaded circular border. Missing most of one handle, otherwise intact!
Small flasks were probably produced at the pilgrimage center of Abu Mena, south-west of Alexandria, to sell to the devout as a souvenir of a visit. They have been deduced to have contained holy water or oil from the shrine.
— Ex-old English collection
— Measures: 2.75"L x .5"W x 3.875"H
— Ref: Bailey, Ptolemaic And Roman Terracottas From Egypt, p. 118, No 3415
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