Flask with St. Menas, flanked by camels - 910.152.31_1


Flask with St. Menas, flanked by camels

Medium:Earthenware made in a two part mould
Geography: Abu Mina, Egypt
Date: Late 6th - 7th century CE
Period: Byzantine period
8.5 x 2 x 7.1 cm
Object number: 910.152.31
Not on view

Pilgrim souvenir ("blessing") of St Menas in the shape of a circular flask with a rather short neck and two handles. There are relief images of St Menas flanked by camels on both sides.

Saint Menas (285 - ca. 309 CE) was an Egyptian soldier in the Roman army martyred because of his refusal to recant his Christian faith. Due to the many healing miracles that are attributed to his intercession, he became one of the most well-known Egyptian saints. Saint Menas is traditionally depicted with two kneeling camels.

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