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The Curious Collection of Anthony Taulbut: Egyptian Flask

Artifact - Egyptian Flask

This interesting relic comes all the way from Egypt! It is a small earthenware ampullae (pilgrim’s flask) that Anthony Taulbut got from the great port city of Alexandria in 1898.  Travellers would use flasks like this to bring home water or oil from revered pilgrimage sites.

The flask itself has unfortunately been broken and is missing its handle and spout. Engraved upon the surface of the flask is the outline of a figure whose details have been lost to time.