Dec 19, 2008
Dec 19, 2008

Pilgrim's Flask

Pilgrim's Flask


Green glass

Overall: 4.4 x 3.2 cm (1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.)

Gift of Bruce Ferrini in memory of Robert P. Bergman 1999.235



Ampullae (small flasks) from pilgrimage sites were made of metal, terracotta, or glass. Because of their fragility, glass ampullae survive less abundantly than the other materials. This example was painted with the image of an unidentified saint bearing a nimbus or halo. It must have been used in conjunction with this saint's shrine.

See also
MED - Byzantine
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Green glass

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