Byzantine terracotta pilgrim flasks, circa 6th-7th century
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- Menas, Saint, -approximately 300, depicted.
- ["Materials consist of three ampullae (or pilgrim flasks) and one oil lamp. The ampullae are of the \"St. Menas ampulla\" type. One ampulla is mostly intact while the others are incomplete. The complete one mould on both side with the saint (St. Menas) as an orant, nimbed, flanked by two camels and two crosses; another flask showing on one side the saint on a horse and the inscription ‘blessing’ on the other in Greek characters; and a fragmentary example inscribed with the word ‘blessing’ and a cross on one side and ευλογiα του αγiου Μηνa (or, in Latin script, EULOGIA TOU AGIOU MENA) - \"[Receive the] blessing of Saint Menas\" on the other."]
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- [identification of item], Byzantine terracotta pilgrim flasks (M2237). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.
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- Purchase; 2017. Accession MSS 2017-180.
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- Public domain.
- Ampullae of this type were used to carry oil back from the shrine of Saint Menas in Egypt. Saint Menas was an Egyptian soldier who was martyred in the 3rd century A.D. when he refused to renounce his Christian faith. His shrine was located in the desert southwest of Alexandria in Egypt, and these flasks likely originate there.
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