Oct 11, 2005
Oct 11, 2005

Pilgrim’s Flask

Pilgrim’s Flask

c. 1099–1200


Overall: 4.3 x 2.9 cm (1 11/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Gift of Bruce Ferrini in memory of Robert P. Bergman 1999.234



After the Crusader conquest of the Holy Land in 1099, Jerusalem experienced a revival of Christian pilgrimage. During the 12th century, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was rebuilt, redecorated, and reconsecrated. With the influx of new pilgrims, especially from Western Europe, lead ampullae (small flasks) such as this very rare example were briefly reintroduced. The flask was cast with images of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Christ’s Descent into Limbo (Anastasis), establishing a visual connection with the holy sites of Christ’s death and entombment.

See also
MED - Byzantine
Medieval Art
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