St Thomas a Beckett pilgrim ampulla

An intact if slightly crumpled example of an ampulla with a rectangular, openwork surround. On one side (the front) it bears an image of St Thomas beatified and on the other a scene of his martyrdom. Found during the 1975-78 excavations on the High Street, Perth. Ampulla are small flasks for the keeping of holy water or holy oil, bought by pilgrims as souvenirs from the holy shrines they visited. St Thomas a Beckett was a very popular saint with Scottish pilgrims.

  • Material/Medium: tin/lead alloy
  • Date: Medieval
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  • Accession number: PHS A9265
  • Category: Archaeology
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