Lion Aquamanile

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The handle of this vessel is in the shape of a dragon with a long curving tail.


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.
Lion Aquamanile

Lion Aquamanile


Germany, Lower Saxony, Hildesheim, Gothic period, first half 13th century

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