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Ampulla
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[German Version]

(Gk εὐλογία/eulogía, blessing). In the early Christian era ampullas were well known as pilgrimage-related mementos. They are small receptacles made of metal (alloyed lead-pewter), earthenware or glass, generally in the shape of a round, low canteen with two handles. At times they were used to carry water but mostly oil from sacred places in the Near East. Such oil had come into contact with relics, had been specially blessed or even taken from hanging lamps. The depictions on the flat sides of earthen examples show a saint (e.g. Menas; Thecla; Demetrius, an equestrian…

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Koch, Guntram, “Ampulla”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00609>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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