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Steatite amulet of St Menas


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Title/s

Steatite amulet of St Menas

Category

wall painting/relief

Name

relief

Description

plaque, front with St.Menas, sides with saints, back inscribed. St. Menas was an Egyptian-born martyr. He served in the Roman army but left following an edict of the emperor Diocletian against the practice of Christianity. Following a declaration of his faith, Menas was tortured and beheaded in AD 295. He was a patron saint of travellers and was thus llinked to St. Christopher.

Field Collection

Egypt

Dimensions

length 5.8 cm

Period

Coptic/Byzantine

Date

A.D. 500 — A.D. 600

Provenance

given: Rogers, G.F., Dr 1924 (Filtered for: Antiquities)

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. inscription
    Language: Coptic, worn

Material/s

steatite

Accession Number

E.2.1924 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 52307; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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