Early Medieval Ampulla / Pilgrim Flask
Early Medieval Ampulla / Pilgrim Flask
Early Medieval Ampulla / Pilgrim Flask

Early Medieval Ampulla / Pilgrim Flask

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Details

Pilgrim bottles have a long history, and supplicates would use them to carry home water, oil or soil from the holy sanctuaries they visited. This custom allowed them to bring home an important religious relic that would comfort and connect them to their past pilgrimage once they returned.

When making this replica flask, we took inspiration from an example in the British Museum collection dating to 5thC-6thC. The flask is decorated on one side with a beardless figure believed to be either St George or St Theodore. The figure is clothed in a short tunic and holds a lance in his left hand whilst standing upon a dragon or serpent's back. 

Materials

Terracotta, reduction fired

Dimensions

Approx. 85mm x 45mm

Production

This replica has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact. 

Postage

All items are sent using a second class postal service. If you wish to have an item sent first class, please contact me for a quote. 

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