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Ewer - Lion Aquamanile

Lion Aquamanile

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)
    Lower Saxony (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1220-1240 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ewer in the form of a lion is a development of a medieval tradition of casting representations of animals and fabulous creatures in brass.

Physical description

Bronze ewer in the shape of a lion with a spout protruding from his mouth, and a lizard handle on the back

Place of Origin

Germany (made)
Lower Saxony (made)


ca. 1220-1240 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Length: 19 cm, Height: 16.2 cm, Width: 6.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the firm of Abraham Pickert, Nuremberg, for £20, 1871. Previously in the collection of Dr Friedrich Hahn, Hannover (see Norbert Jopek chapter in Bild und Bestie). Handle may have been restored (see 435-1906).

Historical context note

This type of ewer is called an aquamanile, and is used for pouring water over the hands of Priests.

Descriptive line

Lion Aquamanile, bronze, Germany (Lower Saxony), ca. 1220-1240

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

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum, acquired during the Year 1872. London, 1873, p. 46.
Fortnum, C. Drury E. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Bronzes of European Origin in the South Kensington Museum. London, 1876, p. 113.
Falke, Otto von, and Erich Meyer. Bronzegeräte des Mittelalters. Band I. Romanische Leuchter und Gefässe, Giessgefässe der Gotik. Berlin, 1935 (reprinted Berlin, 1983), p. 65, no. 398, fig. 371.
Jopek, Norbert. “ ‘… Getting rarer every day’. Bemerkungen zu Sammlungen mittelalterlicher Bronzegeräte im 19. Jahrhundert.” In Brandt 2008: 229-35, pp. 231-32, fig. 15-3.



Subjects depicted

Lion; Lizard




Metalwork Collection

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