Ampulla (Flask) of Saint Menas

Byzantine (Egypt)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199

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).

Ampulla (Flask) of Saint Menas, Earthenware, molded, Byzantine (Egypt)

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St. Menas between two kneeling camels