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Aquamanile in the Form of a Human Head

Date:
last quarter 19th century
Culture:
German or French, Paris (in fourteenth-century Hildesheim style)
Medium:
Bronze; Ternary copper alloy with a very high percentage of zinc (approx. 68% copper, approx. 26% zinc, approx. 4% tin), covered with a thin black lacquer patina; traces of cinnabar have been detected on the interior and exterior of the vessel.
Dimensions:
H. 22.1 cm, w. 18.6 cm, l. 18.5 cm, wt. 2514 g.
Classification:
Metalwork-Bronze
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1415
Not on view
Baron Albert Freiherr von Oppenheim (1834 – 1912), Cologne, until 1912; J. Pierpont Morgan, New York, 1912 – 13; [Duveen Brothers, New York]. Acquired by Philip Lehman through Duveen, along with No. 1 (1975.1.1410) and No. 3 (1975.1.1412), for $35,000 in February 1925.
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