Aquamanile in the Form of a Lion

North German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307

The lion, because of its exceptional strength, was associated in the Middle Ages with Christ and was the animal most frequently employed for aquamanilia. The vessel was filled through the opening at the top of the head, and water was poured from the spout in the mouth.

Aquamanile in the Form of a Lion, Copper alloy, glass inlays, North German

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