Saint Menas the Wonderworker is one of the best-known Egyptian saints throughout the world. He was a soldier in the Roman army, and died a martyr about the year 309 when he refused to renounce his faith in Christ. His feast is celebrated on November 11.
This famous icon, sometimes known as "Christ and His Friend," is one of the oldest in existence. It was painted in the sixth century at the Bawit Monastery in Middle Egypt.