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.
Terracotta, reduction fired
Approx. 85mm x 45mm
This replica has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact.
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