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Ivory pyxis with St Menas

500/600

British Museum

British Museum

The scene shown here depicts St Menas in his characteristic pose, arms raised in prayer, standing in 
his martyr’s shrine flanked by camels. He is approached by 2 women from the left and 2 men from the right, the probable donors of this luxury object.

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  • Title: Ivory pyxis with St Menas
  • Date Created: 500/600
  • Location: Alexandria, Egypt
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 7.9 cm
  • Subject Keywords: mammal; devotee/worshipper; saint/martyr; arms/armour; angel
  • Place: Found/Acquired San Paolo fuori le Mura
  • Period/culture: Early Byzantine
  • Material: elephant ivory
  • Copyright: The Trustees of the British Museum
  • British Museum website: 1879,1220.1

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