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Pottery eulogia ampulla

Pottery eulogia ampulla

Pottery eulogia ampulla


H: 10.5 cm

Israel Antiquities Authority


Archaeology/Hellenistic, Roman & Byzantine Periods

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.

From the Israel Museum publications:

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


Cradle of Christianity, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 28/03/2000 - 30/01/2001

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