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Thursday, September 22, 2011


Ampulla (Flask) of Saint Menas, late 500s–mid-700s
Photo by: metmuseum.org
ampulla, glass flask. Between the 13th and 15th C it was what today is understood as a round bottle or tube. It could a round glass flask with a long, narrow neck and a wide base. It was known since Roman times having two handles and was used for wine or oil. Pilgrims carried them filled with water or oil. Cooks kept them in kitchens among their supplies of oil and wine. They were used also for making and storing medicines. In churches they were vessels for consecrated wine or holy oil. [Baena/Dutton.1993:587:781:v64; and Gázquez. Cocina. 2002:41]

Charlemagne, King of the Franks, 768-814, and Emperor of the West, 800-814. Gold talisman of Charlemagne, late 8th-9th century, a reliquary in the shape of an ampulla purported to contain fragments of the True Cross, which can be seen through the large gems on the back and front.
Photo from: The Granger Collection

Bronze Ampulla Statue
tPhoto by: opfreebiz.com

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