Aquamanile in the Form of a Rooster


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The rooster’s majestic tail feathers splay in rhythmic arcs as he crows, full-throated. The artist who modeled the bird boldly balanced the body on its tiny talons.

This elaborate water vessel was intended for handwashing. A specialty of metalworkers in German-speaking lands for centuries—from the twelfth to the fifteenth—they are called aquamanilia, from the Latin words for water (aqua) and hand (manus).

#33. Aquamanile in the Form of a Cock

Aquamanile in the Form of a Rooster, Copper alloy, German

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