Pilgrim’s ampulla

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Object type: Ampulla
Period: Medieval
Primary material: Lead alloy
Date found: 03/04/2021
Location: South Oxfordshire


This ampulla dates from c AD 1300-1500. It is missing one of its attachment loops at the neck. Ampullae could be purchased outside the shrines of saints. They would be filled with holy water or oil.