Pilgrim Flask with Saint Menas
Egypt, Abu Mena
3 7/8 x 2 5/8 in. (9.8 x 6.7 cm)
Not on view
Ampullae like this one were used by pilgrims to bring home water or oil from the great pilgrimage site for Saint Menas, said to be a late-third-century Egyptian Roman soldier who was martyred for his Christian faith. He is shown between the two camels who returned his body to Egypt for burial.
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