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Germany, Lower Saxony, Hildesheim, Gothic period, first half 13th century
bronze: cast, chased, and punched
Overall: 26.4 x 29 x 15 cm (10 3/8 x 11 7/16 x 5 7/8 in.)
An aquamanile is a water vessel used for washing hands both at church altars and at the dinner tables of upper-class patrons. They often took the form of fantastic beasts such as dragons and unicorns or animals such as horses, birds, dogs, and lions, like this one.
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: MED - Gothic
Department: Medieval Art
Gallery: 106C Medieval Treasury
Provenance: (Hermann Schwartz, Ginsterweg, Germany).
Gift of Mrs. Chester D. Tripp in honor of Chester D. Tripp
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
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