Creator

Creation Date

5th-6th centuries

Culture

Roman, Byzantine

Medium

Lead(?)

Dimensions

1 15/16 x 3/4 x 5/8 in.

Credit Line

Bequest of David P. Harris ('46), 2020

Accession Number

2020.115

Description

This small ampulla is in the shape of an amphora with two handles and a ribbed neck and body. Such ampullae are thought to be worn by pilgrims and used to hold oil and water from holy sites. An amphora-shaped ampulla of similar size is at the British Museum, 1964,0107.3.

Provenance

Purchased from Tetragon, London, on April 24, 1994. From an old British collection (McAlpine). Suggested to come from Palestine.

Collection

Antiquity, The Byzantine World

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