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Earthenware Pilgrim Flask with Saint Menas

Date:
ca. 610–50
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Earthenware
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 3/8 x 2 11/16 x 11/16 in. (8.5 x 6.9 x 1.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.2291
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
Pilgrim flasks (ampullae) bearing the image of Saint Menas flanked by two camels are associated with the pilgrimage center that developed around the tomb of the Egyptian soldier who was martyred during the reign of the emperor Diocletian (r.284–305).
Julien Gréau, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
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