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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: German
Title: Lion Aquamanile
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1380
Creation End Date: 1420
Creation Date: ca. 1400
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork-Copper alloy
Materials and Techniques: Latten alloy
Dimensions: 13 1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (33.3 x 12.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1994.244
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1994

Aquamanilia, from the Latin words meaning "water" and "hands," served to pour water over the hands of priests before celebrating Mass and of diners at meals (see also 64.101.1492). This hollow vessel, cast in the lost-wax process, is rendered in the form of a proud and alert lion. The rear edges of all four legs have been notched and engraved to suggest fur, and the long mane covering the entire chest has been rendered in low relief and incised to achieve surface detail. A dragon forms the vessel's handle, and a dragon-head spout supports the spigot extending from the lion's chest.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1994.244
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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