Aquamanile Photos

An aquamanile is a ewer shaped like an animal to pour water for washing hands before meals. The custom of such hand-washing was adopted by European crusaders returning from Muslim countries where aquamaniles were used. Most museum examples are of brass or bronze made in Germanic nations.

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Copper griffon aquamanile from Lower Saxony at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Dragon-shaped copper aquamanile from Northern Germany at The Cloisters. New York, NY.Lion-shaped copper aquamanile from Northern Germany at The Cloisters. New York, NY.Rooster-shaped copper aquamanile from Northern Germany at The Cloisters. New York, NY.
Copper griffon aquamanile (c1200) from Lower Saxony at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Dragon-shaped copper aquamanile (c1200) from Northern Germany at The Cloisters. New York, NY.Lion-shaped copper aquamanile (c1200) from Northern Germany at The Cloisters. New York, NY.Rooster-shaped copper aquamanile (c1200) from Northern Germany at The Cloisters. New York, NY.
Bronze aquamanile lion from Hildesheim, Germany at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA.Ceramic glazed Aquamanile at Historical Museum of City of Vienna. Vienna, Austria.Bronze lion aquamanile from Lower Saxony at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Copper griffon aquamanile from Nuremberg at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.
Bronze aquamanile lion (c1250-1300) from Hildesheim, Germany at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA.Ceramic glazed Aquamanile (13th C) at Historical Museum of City of Vienna. Vienna, Austria.Bronze lion aquamanile (2nd half 13th C) from Lower Saxony at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Copper griffon aquamanile (c1400) from Nuremberg at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.
Bronze lion aquamanile from Lower Saxony at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Lion Aquamanile from Nuremberg at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Coconut shell & silver owl beaker from Northern Germany at RISD Museum. Providence, RI.
Bronze lion aquamanile (c1400) from Lower Saxony at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Lion Aquamanile (c1425-50) from Nuremberg at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Coconut shell & silver owl beaker (1556) from Northern Germany at RISD Museum. Providence, RI.

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