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Pilgrim flask

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A shape known as a "pilgrim flask" because it resembled the canteens carried by later religious pilgrims, this vessel originally had two small handles that are now broken off and missing. The rim is plain, and the base is rounded. It is adorned with a looped and knotted cord pattern in low...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom to Roman Period, 1550 B.C.–A.D. 337


Height x diameter: 12 x 9.9 cm (4 3/4 x 3 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World