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Pilgrim Flask of Saint Sergios
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Pilgrim Flask of Saint Sergios


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Description This rare and beautifully preserved flask is one of the first to depict St. Sergios on horseback, surrounded by the inscription: "Blessing of the Lord of Saint Sergios." The cult of this 3rd-century saint reached its height of popularity in the 6th century, at the site of his martyrdom in Sergiopolis (in northern Syria).
Exhibitions
  • Treasures of Heaven. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The British Museum, London. 2010-2011.
Provenance Private collection, Haddad [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Antiquarium, Ltd. Fine Ancient Art Gallery, New York, by purchase [date of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2000, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On both sides: + Εὐλογία Κ(υρίο)υ τοῦ ἁγίου Σεργίου; [Translation] + Blessing of the Lord from [the sanctuary] of Saint Sergius
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the W. Alton Jones Foundation Acquisition Fund, 2000

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6th-7th century (Late Antique)
Medium
tin-lead alloy
(Metal)
Accession Number
55.105
Measurements
H: 2 1/8 x W: 1 1/2 x D: 5/8 in. (5.4 x 3.81 x 1.59 cm)
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