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Pilgrim's Flask with Saint Menas

Overall: 6.7 x 7.2 cm (2 5/8 x 2 13/16 in.)
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Location: 105 Byzantine

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These flasks bear the image of Saint Menas, an early martyr of the Christian Church whose shrine was in the desert southwest of Alexandria in Egypt. These flasks were probably used by pilgrims to hold oil taken from the lamp that burned over this saint's tomb. Probably manufactured near the shrine, pilgrim's flasks often bear decorations hinting at their place of origin, as is the case here.
Pilgrim's Flask with Saint Menas

Pilgrim's Flask with Saint Menas


Egypt, Coptic period

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