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Aquamanile.

Aquamanile.

  • Place of origin:

    Germany

  • Date:

    1300-1400

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast bronze

  • Museum number:

    4054-1856

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

An aquamanile was a jug used both in the home and at church for washing hands ('aqua' means water in Latin and 'manus' hand). These jugs were made from precious metals, base metals or ceramic. From the 12th century onwards aquamaniles depicting lions, horses, dragons and other beasts were very popular. The lion was a popular symbol of lordship and power. This object could have been designed to convey the status and importance of its owner or might have referred to a heraldic device.

Physical description

Bronze vessel in the shape of a grotesque lion with a female figure holding a sword as handle.

Place of Origin

Germany

Date

1300-1400

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cast bronze

Dimensions

Height: 24.5 cm, Length: 33 cm

Descriptive line

Bronze vessel in the shape of a lion with a female figure as handle. Possibly Germany, 1300-1400.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bloch, Peter Aquamanilien: Mittelalterliche Bronzen für sakralen und profanen Gebrauch , Gebundene Ausgabe, 1981

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Metalwork; Animals and Wildlife; Containers

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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