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).
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 953
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.
Maurice Chabrières-Arlès, Oullins, until
1903; [Duveen Brothers, New York]. Acquired by Philip
Lehman through Duveen (as “Flemish Dinanderie”) for
$6,500 in May 1928
Date: ca. 1380–1400Medium: Bronze; quaternary copper alloy (approx. 78% copper, approx. 10% zinc, approx. 6% tin, approx. 5% lead) with natural patina. Remnants of the iron armature are in the lion’s legs and the figure of Samson.Accession: 1975.1.1412On view in:Gallery 953
Date: ca. 1350Medium: Bronze; Quaternary copper alloy with a high content of zinc (approx. 73% copper, approx. 15% zinc, approx. 7% lead, approx. 3% tin) with natural patina, hollow cast; remnants of the clay core
and iron armature in the legsAccession: 1975.1.1409On view in:Gallery 953