Lion Aquamanile

1200–1250
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The handle of this vessel is in the shape of a dragon with a long curving tail.

Description

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

1200–1250

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

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