Menas Flask - ROM2010_11707_49

ROM2010_11707_49

Menas Flask

Medium:Earthenware with mould-made relief decoration on both faces
Geography: Abu Mena, Egypt; found in al-Fayyūm
Date: c. 550-700 CE
Period: Mediaeval, Byzantine period
Dimensions:
9.5 x 1.9 x 6.7 cm
Object number: 910.108.152
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Byzantium
DescriptionPilgrim souvenir ("blessing") of St Menas in the shape of circular flask with elongated neck and two handles, intended to be worn around a pilgrim's neck. On both sides there are relief images of St. Menas, with nimbus, in frontal orans pose, flanked by two small prostrate camels; circular border contains inscription: ΕΥΛΟΓΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΑΓΙΟΥ ΜΗΝΑ.
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