Thecla Ampulla
ID
 
1280
 
Original Country
 
Egypt
 
Sorting Title
 
Thecla Ampulla
 
Subject
 

The reverse of this flask (pictured here) depicts NULL standing with her hands behind her back and dressed in a robe. She is identified by an inscription which reads, "hagia thekl[a]", "Holy Thecla". To her right is the neck and head of a lion. Turning to face her from behind is an unidentified animal, perhaps a lioness or a bear. An inscription encircles the entire image which reads, "eulogia ton agion mena ame[n]", "blessing of Holy Menas, Amen".

The obverse of this flask (not pictured here) depicts St. Menas.

 
Century
 
7th century
 
Style Genre
 
Pilgrimage Token
 
Measurements
 
H 27 cm; Dm 17.5 cm
 
Format Medium
 

Ceramic

 
Original Location
 

The flask is associated with pilgrimage to Abu Mina in Egypt, and was probably produced at a workshop in or around Abu Mina.

 
Historical Context
 

Pilgrims called this ampulla and other such pilgrimage tokens "eulogiai", take-home blessings. Pilgrims would have filled this ampulla with oil, water, or dust from the holy site they visited. The sacred substance would then be used for medicinal purposes, protection, or to exorcise evil spirits.

 
Current Repository
 

Paris, Musée de Louvre, Départment des Antiquitiés grecques, étrusques, et romaines

 
Repository Number
 
MNC 1926
 
Photo Credit
 
Kornbluth Photography
 
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Contributor
 
Dina Boero
 
Administrator Notes
 

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