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Pilgrim flask

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A pilgrim flask (ampulla) featuring a man with outstretched arms. He is flanked by a palm tree and camel (?) and there is a cross next to each side of his face. Ampullae were produced in Egypt and Palestine between the 5-7th centuries for pilgrims visiting local shrines. The saint featured on...

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From Tanis (San el-Hagar). 1884: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; October 28, 1885: presented to the MFA at EEF general meeting. (Accession Date: January 1, 1886)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Byzantine (Coptic) Period,


Overall: 10.2 x 2.4 x 7 cm (4 x 15/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World