Inv. No. 6717
Presumably from Abu Menas, 5th / 6th century

The pilgrimage site of Abu Menas is situated around 46 km southwest of Alexandria. St. Menas was martyred in the time of Emperor Diocletian (284-305). According to legend, his body was carried to the place where Menas is buried today. The sancturary of Abu Menas flourished from the 5th to the 7th century. Pilgrims from all over the world have traveled to Abu Mena’s sancturary to seek healing and to also take holy water home in circular flasks. This example is decorated with St. Menas, standing as an orans between a pair of camels. Above his outstretched arms a short inscription in Greek reads “Hagios [Saint] Menas”.

Two Flasks
Presumably from Abu Menas, 5th / 6th century

These two flasks are decorated with the figure of St. Menas who is surrounded by camels, crosses, and inscriptions naming the Saint.

Inv. No. 3262
From the workshop of Kütahya in Turkey, 18th century

This ovoid was attached to a hanging lamp.

Inv. No. 6720
Bought from Kamel Abdallah, 8th century

This painted bowl has a flat, scalloped rim and is decorated with a plaited pattern. The base of the bowl is adorned with a female bust inside a medallion, surrounded by a frieze of birds, a fantastic animal and a basket with nourishment.

Inv. No. 9065
Saqqara, Monastery of St. Jeremiah, 7th century

This large storage jar with four handles, showing floral motifs and a fish, was used as a container for liquid or food.

Inv. No. 10427
Unknown Provenance, 7th / 8th century

This large painted jar is decorated with birds, animals, rosettes and intersected lines. It was used as a container for food or liquid.

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