Pilgrim Flask (Ampulla)
replica: hand-crafted from an original at ancientlamps.com
date of the original: 4th-7th century A.D.
provenance of the original: the Shrine of St. Menas, near Alexandria, Egypt
description: Early Medieval. Terracotta replica of terracotta original. This pilgrim flask, or ampulla, was found at the shrine of St. Menas (see also: Ivory Pyxis). It depicts the saint flanked by two camels. Ampullae were used by pilgrims to transport holy water from shrines and other religious sites. Length 10 cm.