Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Avraham Hay
Pottery eulogia ampulla
Caesarea, Israel
Byzantine period
Pottery
H: 10.5 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 99-4430
 
 
One of the aims of the pilgrims when they visited the holy sites was to take something of the blessing - eulogia in Greek- of the site back home with them, to serve as a remedy or source of protection. Such "souvenirs" often consisted of oil from the lamps that burned at the holy sites, water from the Jordan River, or earth from a place associated with a holy person. To transport these substances, a variety of containers were used, among them small flasks known as ampullae made of pottery, metal, or glass.

Publications:
Israeli, Yael, and Mevorach, David, Cradle of Christianity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000, English / Hebrew

Exhibition:
Cradle of Christianity, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, Spring 2000 - Winter 2001

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir