Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Eulogia, literally “blessing,” were implements thought to protect one from danger. In Jerusalem, one form of eulogia were ampullae, glass bottles manufactured for Jerusalem pilgrims. They probably contained holy water—or perhaps oil. Many ampullae were decorated with religious symbols. This one displays a menorah. The menorah ampulla suggests there were enough Jewish pilgrims in Jerusalem to justify the manufacture of eulogia for them.