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Pilgrim's Flask with Nimbed Figure

Pilgrim's Flask with Nimbed Figure

c. 400-600

Opaque glass with paint

Overall: 10.5 x 6.9 cm (4 1/8 x 2 11/16 in.)

Gift of Bruce Ferrini in memory of Robert P. Bergman 1999.236

Description

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.

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