Aquamanile in the Form of a Griffin
- ca. 1425–50
- German, Nuremberg
- Bronze; Ternary copper alloy with a very high content of zinc (approx. 74%
copper, approx. 22% zinc, approx. 2% lead) with natural patina, hollow cast.
- H. 31.9 cm, w. 12 cm (chest without wings), l. 32.3 cm
(including spout), wt. 3588 g and 488 g (wings).
- Credit Line:
- Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
- Accession Number:
This magnificent aquamanile in the form of a griffin with (separately cast) outstretched wings can be grouped stylistically with the unicorn (64.101.1493) and a few other examples that were probably produced by the same Nuremberg workshop in the second quarter of the fifteenth century. The aquamanile was filled through a hole between the ears, and water was poured from the spigot in the chest, likely a rare surviving original element.