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Roman pottery vase - Megarian bowl - Colchester - Roman lead glaze - Pilgrim flask
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Terracotta pilgrim flask, Coptic Egypt, 480- 650 A.D. Depicting Saint Menas on eithe side, flanked by camels, his arms outstretched in blessing, above each arm is a quincunx, representing a cross, all within a beaded circular border. These small flasks were probably produced at the pilgrimage center of Abu Mena, south-west of Alexandria, to sell to the devout as a souvenir of a visit and have been deduced to have contained holy water or oil from the shrine, 9.5 high. Private collection

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Roman pottery vase, grater, 1st-3rd century A.D. North Africa colonies, roman pottery grater with inlcusion in the bottom to grate food, 25 cm diameter. Private collection grater

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Roman pilgrim flask, 1st century A.D. Eastern Mediterranean Holy land pottery pilgrim flask with one little handle used to carry Holy water from pilgrims, 18.2 cm high. Private collection

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Roman glazed amphora, 1st century A.D. With acanthus leaves and rosettes in relief, 22 cm high. Private collection

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Roman green glazed pottery skyphos, 1st century A.D. With two ring handles surmounted by a molded thumbpiece, the body has relief decorations in the form of pine cone scales and covered with a silvery iridescence, ochre glazed interior, 9 cm high. Private collection

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Roman vase, Colchester circus vase, 175 A.D. Roman charioteer racing his quadriga racing chariot and four horses. British Museum

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Roman obsidian skyphos, 1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. With everted rim and grooved ring foot, the handles with a ring for the fore-finger, framed with scrolling thumb-rest above and finger-rest below, the body engraved with stippled band of stylised vine with berries, with bands of diagonal lines above and below, 6 cm high. Private collection

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Roman terracotta lead glazed skyphos, 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D. With green lead-glaze and plastic decor, between a bearded and a young man, both are sitting on a rock, a flute-player. Right of him a dancing woman, left a figure balances on an inclined object, 7.8 cm high. Private collection

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Roman terracotta skyphos with green lead glaze and plastic decor in form of oakleaves and acorns 1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. 8.9 cm high. Private collection

Roman black slip jug with white barbotine decoration, so called motto beaker. Augusta Treverorum, 2nd-3rd century A.D. On the corpus the inscription D·O·S·I·A·B·E· 15.5 cm high. Private collection