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  • Production date:

    Medieval; 14th-15th century

  • Location:

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  • Ampulla in the shape of a scallop shell from an unknown shrine. Ampullae were small lead alloy bottles that contained water that been associated with saintly relics – sometimes relics were dipped into the water to transfer some of their power. This water was thought to have powerful properties such as the ability to cure diseases and so ampullae were popular pilgrim souvenirs. There are handles at the base of the neck so the ampulla could be worn on string round the neck or hung up at home to be used when needed.  < ...Read more

  • Measurements

    H 47 mm W 43 mm; D 4 mm (if complete)

  • Materials

    lead alloy

  • Last Updated





    permanent collection


    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related Group

    Medieval pilgrim souvenirs


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